Some local educators are pushing for parents in the Hartford region to consider their program because not enough people are applying.
The Capitol Region Education Council, which is also known as CREC, manages the open choice program, which allows students from Hartford to attend suburban schools. In order to get into one of the programs, parents need to apply through a lottery.
This year, CREC officials said they hasn't had as many people apply.
“We're looking to recruit more families both for magnet schools and open choice,” Debra Borrero with CREC said.
Once they're in, it won’t be just the students working.
“There's high expectation of a parent, but the school is also there to communicate with you,” parent Roselyn Pace said.
To help parents, the state decided to extend the time to apply for the lottery.
“It really was an opportunity to give families more time to complete the application, to learn more about their schools and to attend open houses,” Borrero said.
There's a big push for students who will be in pre-k, sixth grades and ninth grades next year to apply.
“I would encourage them to go online and look at our schools,” parent Kimberly Davis said.
Davis said she sent all three of her kids to CREC magnet schools.
“I selected the magnet schools because they're theme based,” Davis said. “The schools are really hands on. They communicate very well and it's a very diverse atmosphere for the children.”
. If parents are interested in the magnet schools, the last day to apply is Feb. 29. Click here for more information.
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