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How do I obtain a school permit for my child if we do not live in that city?


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vbperez June 5, 2009


My son will be in 3rd grade next year and will be attending middle school in three years.
I want him to attend a middle school that is not in our city (Torrance, CA). How do I go about in gettng a permit for him to attend that particular school?

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MSMomm June 5, 2009


Hi vbperez:

It's good that you're thinking about this early on. Do you have an idea of which school you'd like your son to attend?

There are a few ways to attend another school, but it depends on the district you're looking at. In LAUSD, there are interdistrict transfers and intradistrict transfers. If you work and would like your child to attend a school near your employment, that is one way of going about a transfer, as well. Also, if you move into that schools attendance area, your son would be entitled to go to that school.

If you can give a bit more information, we may be able to provide a more helpful response.

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vbperez June 5, 2009


I would like him to attend a school in the Torrance or Manhattan School District and I don't live in those areas but close by. I also don't work close to there.

THanks,

Veronica

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MSMomm June 5, 2009


You can also ask your school's personnel how a transfer can be done. Both Manhattan Beach and Torrance are their own school districts. If you live in Torrance, you may need an intradistrict transfer; it you live in Torrance, but want your child to attend school in Manhattan Beach, you'd need to obtain an interdistrict transfer.

Finally, you can call the district office for each district and ask how transfers work.

Good luck!

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leeara June 23, 2009


I was reading your questions and anwsers and needed similar advice. I live in Pasadena Unified School District, my husband works in the La Canada Unified School District so we enrolled my daugter in Kindergarten there of course. (blue ribbon education compared to a 3 out of 10) We were approved for her intradistrict permit last year but Pasadena denied the release this year. I filed an appeal and was again denied so I just submitted my written request for a second level appeal. I am ready to fight the big fight but I need legal terms or great advice on how to make Pasadena release her.

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vbperez June 23, 2009


Wow!! I didn't realize that you need a release from one district in order to enroll in another. That is another battle all together.

My district is Inglewood USD. My son currently goes to Bennett-Kew which is a good elementary school, but when it comes to Middle Schools that is a different story. I want my son to attend middle school in Torrance or Manhattan. Do you have any recommendations?

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proudmom8 June 24, 2009


To leera: I'm also trying to get my kids out of the Pasadena Unified School District and my appeal has been denied (1st level). However, the District is denying all the inter-district requests without assessing them just because they don't want to lose students, thus forcing parents to appear before the Board for a hearing on the issue. I would be interested in knowing your outcome and any pointers you may want to share. I feel very discouraged in our school system. Parents should have the right to make decisions concerning their kids, not strangers serving their own interest and just looking to keep money on their pockets.

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leeara June 24, 2009


Hi Proudmom8,
I am currently waiting for the response of my second level appeal but it doesn't look good. I have been talking to another parent here who has been denied at level 2 and is making his appointment to appear before La county. We have used childcare, parental employment and education standards as reasons and have all be denied. At level 3 you get 5 minutes to plead your case in front of the panel and then the district gets 5 minutes. I will keep you posted.
If anybody has already been through this I would love to know what Pasadena's angle is. They can't deny us all.

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proudmom8 June 24, 2009


Hi Leeara: Most of the outcomes are not in favor of the parents. We've used child care and their response is "PUSD offers child care." We've also pointed out education issues, vandalism, etc., to no avail. We're going to appeal, but it seems to me we are just going to the loops to just meet our pre-determined faith. I'm so stressed out about this whole thing I'm feeling ill. When is your hearing? I still have to gather and fill out the forms to appear before the County.

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leeara June 24, 2009


My husband and I are sick over this also. We are waiting for the paperwork to come back from our written request. I will move before my daughter goes to Pasadena.
My husband has asked his employer to get involved and write a letter on our behalf, he is employed in La Canada so they are going to do that.
I will keep you posted.

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proudmom8 June 30, 2009


Hi Leeara: Sorry I didn't respond sooner, been trying to take a break from this stressful situation. I'm in the process of writing to the Board (2nd appeal level) to see if they agree with me. How are things for you? If you'd like, you can write to me directly at: belias8@sbcglobal.net . Thanks.



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