Upload

Loading icon Loading...

This video is unavailable.

Storms Scatter Magnet School Signup Campers

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to like LOCAL 12's video.

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to dislike LOCAL 12's video.

Sign in to YouTube

Sign in with your Google Account (YouTube, Google+, Gmail, Orkut, Picasa, or Chrome) to add LOCAL 12's video to your playlist.

Published on Nov 18, 2013

CINCINNATI (Joe Webb) -- Sunday's storms scattered the parents camping out for Cincinnati Public Schools' magnet school signup day. But they were back in their tents today.Luckily we had a couple of options between the mosque and the school to seek refuge. Now were back at it and well be camping tonight, said Brian Stephens who is camping outside Fairview-Clifton German School in hopes of landing a kindergarten spot for his daughter Cora. Stephens is one of about 50 families camping out for 35 spots opening next fall at the school. Stephens and many others have been camping out for 12 days. Signups start at midnight Wednesday morning.Cincinnati Public Schools doesnt encourage the camp outs, but accepts them as a fact of life. The district was monitoring Sundays weather closely.So we did decide we could bring the parents inside at a couple of locations and open the auditorium, said Schools spokesperson Janet Walsh. At one location, they ultimately went into a nearby church.That was at Sands Montessori where a couple dozen families have also pitched tents. They were also back in place Monday morning.Cincinnati is one of the last places where signups for popular schools are first-come/first-served. School administration recommended a lottery for all magnet school placements but the school board rejected the idea two years ago. They crafted a compromise where 30% of the spots in popular magnet schools are filled by students slated to attend the districts lowest-performing schools. Those spots are filled by a lottery. Sundays weather scare put a spotlight on a downside to the camping tradition. But its not likely to stop it.I dont think the administrations preference has changed since the last time we weighed in for the lottery, said Walsh. But on the other hand, bear in mind our parents are the biggest advocates for the current system. So those voices would also need to be heard.Monday, Kaine Magdalen, who is camping for a spot at Sands Montessori, shared his thoughts on the annual school encampment.If it was just a lottery people would say its unfair. If it was all first-come/first-served, people would say thats unfair. I dont think theres any system thats going to be fair for everyone.

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

The interactive transcript could not be loaded.

Loading icon Loading...

Loading icon Loading...

Ratings have been disabled for this video.
Rating is available when the video has been rented.
This feature is not available right now. Please try again later.

Loading icon Loading...

Loading...
Working...
to add this to Watch Later

Add to