Update (7:37): Superintendent William Hite, in a statement about the lottery, said the new plan will make the process of registering “more efficient and less challenging for parents in the catchment area.” See the full statement below.
Update (7:20 p.m.): Parents in the line are not moving. Several parents have said that they are “protesting” the decision to transition to a lottery. Some parents in line called the decision unfair.
Kindergarten registration for the Penn Alexander School will become a lottery, the School District of Philadelphia announced. The announcement is in response to the registration line that began this morning, four days before registration opens on Tuesday morning.
District officials told the Philadelphia Inquirer‘s Kristen Graham that the Penn Alexander lottery will become a “pilot” for other schools.
Here is the statement from Superintendent William Hite: