If you’ve been following reader comments underneath the call for signing petitions, surveys or meeting announcements, you can see how much Seattle Public School’s new Student Assignment Plan has already impacted our neighborhood. But many would agree that the question of sibling “grandfathering”–allowing younger siblings of children currently enrolled in school to attend the same school despite the changes in boundaries– is the one issue that seems to be the most important. This is true not only for Wallingford, but for neighborhoods citywide. Reader KMattiani summed it up best: “The school board should allow for the grandfathering of siblings. I think that is where our energy should be spent. This whole SAP is pitting neighbors against each other and I think it stinks.”
Keep Our Kids Together! is a petition in circulation that focuses on the sibling issue, and has gained a lot of traction district-wide. Rather than honing in on one specific boundary, it focuses on the one issue that’s on the forefront of everyone’s mind.
The changes to the existing school boundaries are a major source of contention and a sore spot even among neighbors living within blocks of one another. The real bugaboo behind this is that any change will never make everyone happy; but it’s a shame that an issue like this can bring about such divisiveness within our community. Looking at the heart of the issue, it seems many would agree–keeping siblings together is the primary concern.