Photobuddy, Iâ€™m not sure of the specifics regarding your question, but I have a good idea of the source.
There is a major statewide systemic issue when it comes to schools and housing. Assuming a General Law city that follows the Stateâ€™s rules (as opposed to a Charter City that can make rules by having the populous vote), when a new housing project goes before a City Council you will never find a sitting Council turn down a project due to the impacts on schools â€“ no matter how many worried parents fill the Council chambers.
The determination of impacts on public schools is the purview of the local School District. A School District will not inform a City Council that it will be unable to handle the influx of children from a new project for two primary reasons: 1) the District is paid on a â€œheadcount per day basisâ€ (the value of which is different for each city based on its incorporation date, I believe), and 2) if a District were to state that they are unable to handle the new students this leaves them open to being run by the State. Hence, this completes the loop of the basic systemic problem.
In todayâ€™s budget-weary environment, a School District is forced to do â€œload-balancingâ€ of the student population. While this can dismay parents who long for the â€œneighborhood schoolâ€, the fact is that busing, boundary changes, lotteries, and portable â€œtemporaryâ€ classrooms are tools to maximize the utilization of school capacities and avoid over-crowding on campuses. This is typically the source of â€œproblemsâ€ that get discussed amongst parents with children.
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