The Carlisle Mosquito Online

Friday, March 30, 2001


CSC votes no on School Choice

Acting chair of the Carlisle School Committee (CSC) Suzanne Whitney Smith opened the public hearing on School Choice at the school committee meeting on March 20. No one from the public attended the hearing and the CSC voted not to admit non-residents to the Carlisle School.

CSC member Cindy Nock said that there are no seats available in the Carlisle school. Superintendent Davida Fox- Melanson said, "With all the constraints we presently have, we don't have the space. Since no one is here at the meeting, I feel the community has spoken loud and clear."

The Massachusetts School Choice Law was enacted in 1991 to allow parents to send their children to public schools in communities other than that in which they reside. School participation in the school choice program is voluntary, however, the 1993 Education Reform Law requires that school committees must vote by June 1 of each year not to admit non-residents for the following school year.

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