Reqst MCPS for magnet transparency

MCPS made drastic changes in selection criteria in 2018 down county middle school magnet program, including:
1. Invite ~4000 students to participate, as opposed to 700-800 applicants who participated voluntarily in previous years.
2. Use multiple measures, without making it clear to public how weighting factors work objectively, e.g., over such measures as ESOL and FARM.
3. Reject statistically significant numbers of high-achievers, who is not only having 4x99% on CogAT scores but also excellent in all other MCPS measures.

This has caused great confusion and frustration among current and future 5th graders and their families,
as shown by following thread has made to top 3 hot topic in the past 10 years of "MD public schools" discussion.

We are a group of curious and furious parents collectively demand total transparency in MCPS magnet program admission.
While unusual number of students have requested data and appealed separately, MCPS has not yet responded with a county-wide statistics to ensure the fairness of the admission,
nor addressed up/down county residents' concerns for future changes.

We would like to hire an attorney to expedite MCPS response under the FOIA.
The fund raise by this site will be used to pay for attorney to work with MCPS closely on admission transparency issue, and deal with future legal issues (if any).

P.S. If your kid is rejected by Magnet schools (TPMS/Eastern) 2018, please share your anonymized profile:
home school, CogAT, PARCC score, summary of report cards, etc.


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