This is one that came out of left field and I have no idea where the legislation enacting this began (or what legislation this provision was hidden in). Admittedly, it will take some digging to figure it out. Further, I really don’t have any qualms with the below groups but do have a serious problem with preferential social engineering.
Charter schools, particularly those with a good educational reputation, can be tough to get into based on the numbers entering in admission lotteries (special exception were, understandably, made for siblings). Now, however, the legislature has intervened and decided certain groups should be given special treatment. From American Preparatory Academy’s online enrollment application:
Announcement: Due to the change in the state law regarding charter school enrollment priorities, we may be able to give a priority to students who:
Are refugees or whose family members are refugees
Speak a language other than English as the primary language in their home
Do you speak a language other than English as the primary language in the home?
Did you, your parents, or your children enter the United States under refugee status?
Prior to this, everyone was on an even keel – all could attend a traditional public school and have an equal chance to draw a charter school slot. Now, capricious social planning is providing politician(s)’ favored groups an preferential treatment.