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Storms Scatter Magnet School Signup Campers

Updated: Tuesday, November 19 2013, 12:40 AM EST
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 Monday.

"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 doesn't 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
don't 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 that's unfair.  I don't think
there's any system that's going to be fair for everyone."



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