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from 2005 (9 Oct): Haberdasher’s School selects by lottery

Posted by kleroterion on Monday, 21 December 2009

Letters: Independent on Sunday 9 October 2005  Life is a lottery

The decision by Haberdashers’ Aske’s school to use a lottery to select its intake (“Schools lottery to foil ‘rich’ parents”, 2 October) is not unique. In parts of Lancashire they have been doing just that since 1980 and the system is in widespread use in parts of the United States. Read the rest of this entry »

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Even little children get lottery picked

Posted by kleroterion on Sunday, 4 January 2009

  1. Lottery for Kindergarten places!
  2. [..] Parents of incoming kindergartners will be able to tour the CAPE (Camarillo Academy of Progressive Education) Charter School campus – including classrooms such as this second-grade class – during one of the upcoming pre-lottery tours. As a public school, CAPE cannot charge tuition and it may not discriminate in its enrollment process. First availability for classroom space in the 2009-10 school year goes to current CAPE students and their siblings, with the remaining spaces filled by a lottery which will be held in March. [..]
  3. Report from Ventura County Star Friday, January 2, 2009

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Boarding school places by lottery: Baltimore USA

Posted by kleroterion on Wednesday, 18 June 2008

(A graphic description of the psychological effect of being involved in a life-transfomative lottery. But you might find this article a bit patronising!!)

Hope in the Unseen By THOMAS L. FRIEDMAN  

Every once in a while as a journalist you see a scene that grips you and will not let go, a scene that is at once so uplifting and so cruel it’s difficult to even convey in words. I saw such a scene last weekend at the College of Notre Dame of Maryland in Baltimore. It was actually a lottery, but no ordinary lottery. The winners didn’t win cash, but a ticket to a better life. The losers left with their hopes and lottery tickets crumpled.

The event was a lottery to choose the first 80 students who will attend a new public boarding school — the SEED School of Maryland — based in Baltimore. I went along because my wife is on the SEED Foundation board. The foundation opened its first school 10 years ago in Washington, D.C., as the nation’s first college-prep, public, urban boarding school. Baltimore is its second campus. The vast majority of students are African-American, drawn from the most disadvantaged and violent school districts.

Read the rest at: http://www.nytimes.com/2008/05/25/opinion/25friedman.html   25 May 2008

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‘Lottery for School Places’

Posted by kleroterion on Wednesday, 18 June 2008

 ‘Lottery for School Places’ 18 January 2008
There is a flurry of news items from the UK today (18th Jan) about school choice and lotteries, with the headline including the word ‘lottery’ appearing in 3 articles (attached). (Use News-Google, keyword lottery for lots more articles about this theme.) 

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England: School entry selection by lottery

Posted by kleroterion on Friday, 18 January 2008

Selection by lottery could be just the ticket

(Daily Telegraph, 18 Jan 2008)

Top schools should allocate places ‘by lottery’ Popular schools should choose pupils through lotteries to stop middle-class parents monopolising places, the admissions watchdog said yesterday. Greater regulation is needed because unfettered access to the best schools is leading to social segregation, Philip Hunter, the chief schools adjudicator, said.

Thank you Dr Hunter, for making it clear (to the Children, Schools and Families Select Committee of M.P.s) why the Choice Agenda, so popular politically, leads first to covert selection, which can only be countered by random selection, a ballot, a lottery; call it what you will. (Lots more in today’s UK Media on this)

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