Eugene 4J continues to examine school choice system

Eugene 4J Superintendent Gustavo Balderas speaks with the League of Women Voters. Photo by Ellen Meny.

EUGENE, Ore. -- Eugene School District 4J says there are no changes to the school choice system this season, but they may be on the way in the future.

We spoke with 4J Superintendent Gustavo Balderas at Valley River Inn on Thursday. He was there to speak at the League of Women Voters meeting to talk about 4J's strategic plan for the future, called 4J Vision 20-20.

We asked Dr. Balderas whether 4J was planning to update their school choice system. Dr. Balderas said they're continuing to look into how school choice functions, and how they can change it for the better.

"We have a board subcommittee that's been working on that, and will continue to work on school choice, because it is a policy issue," Dr. Balderas said.

This comes after data revealed North Eugene High School has the highest transfer rate out of the four Eugene high schools.

"With North Eugene as a whole, we have been working on articulating more programs, particularly our language programs as a flow through from elementary, to middle, to high school for next year," Dr. Balderas said.

Dr. Balderas said the subcommittee will review many of the school choice practices they have in place currently. He also discussed 4J's new Chinese immersion program, which is debuting at the start of the 2017-2018 school season. This program will be housed at the Family School, located at 1155 Crest Drive.

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