Metro scraps 'lottery' tag; magnet school selection still randomized

Wednesday, October 26, 2011 at 3:25pm

Fingers are crossed each year as Metro students and parents hope they’re lucky enough to squeeze into a limited number of academic magnet school, or other optional school, slots.

It feels like playing power ball. Seemingly a game of win or lose, Metro Nashville Public Schools has historically dubbed the process its “lottery.”

Call it that no more. In a public relations move, combined with some new innovations to make the schools application process easier, Metro has scrapped the word “lottery,” rebranding it the district’s “fall selection process.” The application period for the 2012-13 school year begins Nov. 7.

“The random selection process that has been used is the same,” Chris Weber, the district’s director of student assignment services, told Metro Nashville Board of Education members Tuesday night. “We’re just using a different name.

“We feel that this is more or less easier for parents to understand, and also it gets away from the term ‘lottery,’ which oftentimes has negative connotations with winners or losers,” he said. “Ultimately, we would like to have more winners in our fall selection process.”

Metro’s selection process kicks off Nov. 7 –– the day applications for the 2012-13 school year are available –– at Isaiah T. Creswell Middle Arts Magnet School where parents can learn about the district’s assortment of magnet, charter and other options besides their zoned schools. Representatives from 33 schools will be hand.

“We want to encourage parents to visit schools,” Weber said. “Oftentimes a parent may seek the advice of a neighbor, and when they do, they often find a perfect school for their neighbor’s child but maybe not their own.”

He said Metro is asking parents to list the schools they visited on their applications.

For the first time in Metro, Weber said parents would be able to access an “online application process.” He said six schools –– all with academic requirements –– won’t be available via the online application this year.

Weber said the district’s new application webpage would allow parents to view their geographically zoned schools, prioritize geographic preference and view school cluster maps.

Applications are to be turned in Dec. 2. Parents can learn where their child has been admitted on Jan. 7 at the Martin Professional Development Center.

5 Comments on this post:

By: shoes1 on 10/27/11 at 4:43

Public education in America ranks at the bottom of the list among industrialized nations. Tennessee is somewhere in the 40's among the 50 states. The disparity in the quality of education that one child gets versus another is like the grand canyon... just because one lives on Ashwood and one live Eastwood. I understand PR is about perception and "connotations"..... but when you heard this news did anyone else think. "Nashville needs to fire their PR person and hire two more teachers"? That might actually generate a few more "winners". If you applied for the selection process, Good Luck! Sincerely.

By: bruingeek on 10/27/11 at 8:26

Does anyone else find it laughable that the "newsworthy" information coming from our school system leads with a name change from "lottery" to "fall selection process'? With 'lottery' we had winners and losers. With 'fall selection process' we'll have something more Darwinian...those who are 'artificially selected' to improve the species and those who are 'naturally selected' not to be a part of the magnet species.

By: Nitzche on 10/28/11 at 11:15

hey karl, what is harpeth hall and mbs"s policy on the lottery?

By: smiless on 11/9/11 at 12:36

xyモンクレールのダウンジャケットの最大の特徴は、モンクレール アウトレットフランス規格協会から最高品質の証、バーバリー アウトレット「4Flocons」が与えられているグースの産毛を使用しているという点です。ですから、モンクレール 激安保温性能に非常に優れ、軽さ、モンクレール レディース肌ざわりでも他のジャケットとは比べ物になりません。コーチ アウトレットモンクレールは製造から半世紀以上たっているため、コーチ バッグ長年のモノ作りの経験で、ベルスタッフ アウトレットダウンウェアの各部位に最適な産毛の量コーチ トートバッグが1g単位で決められているそうです。モンクレール ダウンジャケットは、職人の技によって軽やかで温かく、coach アウトレット包み込まれるような着心地だからこそ、コーチ 財布半世紀以上もプレミアムベルスタッフ ジャケットダウンジャケットの代名詞として君臨し続けているバーバリー バッグのでしょうね。 国王室御用達としコーチ ハンドバッグても知られる世界有数のブランド「バーバリー コート」。バーバリーは若者から年配の方まで、トリーバーチ フラットシューズまた男女を問わずファンが多いのが特徴ですが、トリーバーチ バッグセンスの良い気品さと、実用的な機能性を兼ね揃えているところがコーチ ポピーバッグ人気の秘密のようです。バーバリーの流行にながされるベルスタッフことのない確固としたポリシーこそが、まさしくブランドとして「バーバリーがバーバリー バッグたる」由縁であり、トリーバーチ アウトレットが私たちのこころをつかんで離さない最大の魅力モンクレール メンズではないでしょうか・・・ トリーバーチ ベルトは、ニューヨークのノリータ生まれのブランドで、アメリカのハリウッドセレブをはじめ、 トリーバーチ 店舗 世界のセレブたちに大人気のブランドです。特に、トリーバーチ ショルダーバッグ、ラバーシューズやトリーバーチ トートバッグなどの人気は高くて、海外のファッション誌やゴシップ誌トリーバーチ 財布などでセレブたちが履いている靴として掲載されてコーチ ショルダーバッグいたりします。

By: minvasive on 11/16/11 at 6:03

The new magnet schools look nice. We live in Antioch so we will roll the dice to see if our kids can get a quality education. I love Antioch and don't understand why it's Metro's dumpster. Maybe by the time my kids are older they can go to Antioch Magnet High... time will tell.