Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Unsigned Letter Frustrates School

Newspaper article The Florida Times Union

Unsigned Letter Frustrates School

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Byline: Caren Burmeister, Shorelines staff writer

An anonymous Beaches parent has distributed dozens, if not hundreds, of letters urging parents to protest a student transfer system they say offers special privileges for athletes who live west of the Intracoastal Waterway but attend Fletcher High School.

The letter claims the special assignment system is unfair to Beaches students, whose parents pay higher property taxes and are entitled to nice schools filled with Beaches children.

School officials are frustrated by the anonymous letter, saying it's inaccurate and leaves them without a way to contact the writer and set the record straight.

The parent wrote a two-page letter to school officials and residents across the Beaches in late November, signing off as the "Committee to Keep D.U. Fletcher The Beaches School."

"We Beach residents pay a premium for our children to attend the beach schools," the letter states, referring to property taxes. "For every special assignment student who gets to play high school and middle school sports, there is a beach resident who has to go home from school with nothing to do because his spot was taken by a student who is using the Fletcher schools as a magnet school."

Another parent raised similar concerns in an October letter to Duval County School Superintendent John Fryer.

Elizabeth Griggs, from the Sandalwood area, told Fryer she was disturbed by the number of Sandalwood students who play sports for Beaches schools "due to the fact that their parents offer volunteer hours at the Beaches schools."

Ed Wechsler, general director of the Duval County school's pupil assignment office, said the allegations are unfounded.

He referred to the practice of school choice, which allows students to apply to attend a school outside their district. Their success depends on the projected enrollment and number of openings at the school they want to attend. The reason is irrelevant, since students are randomly picked by a school district computer.

"It's not a Beaches school, it's a Duval County school," Wechsler said. …

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