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Kaneland families say no to school choice

Updated: January 14, 2013 7:24AM

Families in Kaneland’s John Stewart Elementary School have declined the option of transferring their children to another school within the district.

“We are confident that the educational opportunities including the curriculum, instruction, and resources are equally strong at all four elementary buildings. This is a message we have consistently delivered in the school district and I believe that parents recognize it to be true,” Superintendent Jeff Schuler said Wednesday.

Under the federal No Child Left Behind standards, the district was required to offer parents the choice of sending their children to another school because John Stewart Elementary in Elburn did not make Adequate Yearly Progress in reading with the “economically disadvantaged” group as defined by the federal government for the second year in a row.

Overall, however, the entire school population did meet standards, officials have said.

This was the first time any school in the Kaneland district had to offer school choice.

The district designated Blackberry Creek Elementary, also in Elburn, John Shields in Sugar Grove and McDole in Montgomery as schools that would be open to accept “choice” students.

The district planned to handle any school-change requests once students returned from the Thanksgiving holiday break.

Schuler said, however, that no families requested their children be transferred to another school.

“Stewart has clearly identified specific goals through the school improvement plan that address the learning needs of all students. We believe this is the most effective way to address our AYP status, that being to continue to focus on the learning needs of all students,” Schuler said.

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