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September 11, 2007

As long as you’re on the varsity, who cares about overcrowding?

Filed under: education — texased @ 3:05 pm

Students Forced to Swap Schools | WOAI.COM: San Antonio News

Overcrowding is forcing a student shuffle in the city’s biggest school district.

Some parents got to voice their concerns over the big school swap in the Northside School District.

Students Forced to Swap Schools | WOAI.COM: San Antonio News

The concern isn’t the school itself. Many just want their children to stay put especially for those with extracurricular activities.

“I was actually elected to an office in theater which was a really big deal for me,” Clark Sophomore Alyssa Sedillo said. “It meant so much and it sort of feels like that would be taken away from me because I’ve worked so hard to get where I am.”

No worries about the quality of the education experience suffering from overcrowding?

Students Forced to Swap Schools | WOAI.COM: San Antonio News

Athletics is a top concern as well.

“We’re a little concerned about the need for her to move or if there will be a grandfather clause for varsity athletes that are not seniors,” Richard Reeves said. Reeves has a sophomore daughter at O’Conner High School.

So what’s the problem? Don’t schools have new students transferring in the middle of their sophomore, junior, or even senior year all the time? You mean that transfer students don’t enjoy all the extracurricular benefits of students who have been at the school longer?

This reminds me of a friend who was getting ready to move after having lived in the same place for all of her daughter’s school “career.” I think she was in upper elementary school. Her daughter was completely distraught over the prospect of moving. When the mother asked for her specific concerns, she said she was worried about how she would be treated since she and her friends had always been so mean to new students at their school.

Guess what? There would be a lot fewer concerned parents if the schools weren’t the dominate, if not the only provider of extracurricular activities and participation in these activities wasn’t based on some competitive system.

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