Letter: Parents oppose eliminating school choice in Milford

To the Editor:
I am writing to draw your attention to a proposal for a policy change affecting Milford families brought to the Board of Education by Dr. Feser. The policy (P-5117) is in favor of eliminating the practice that has been in place for 21 years of allowing families to request that their child go to a school other than the attendance area in which they reside. This would apply to children in any/all grade levels.

The policy change was brought forward at the March 14 Board of Education meeting and public comment was heard at the March 28 meeting. The 28th meeting was standing room only with just a small fraction of Milford families that were aware of the proposal in attendance.

I would like all Milford families to be aware of yet another change the Board of Education is trying to force on us on top of all the transition and inconsistency that has taken place over the past eight years.

I find it disconcerting that the Board of Education will notify us of things like next year's school year calendar, but make no mention of something as big as this policy change that affects so many families, and in my opinion (as well as others that spoke out at the March 28 meeting) is not in the best interest of the children.

If the proposal/policy change goes into effect as currently written they want to implement it as early as next fall (2016-2017 school year).

Lara Edmondson