I know this isn't a budget question (well, it does effect how much I pay for school next year...), but I know there are a lot of legal savvy folks on here. My district had a lottery for full-day kindergarten, of couse DD didn't get in and I am very upset. In our town there were 47 applicants and 40 slots. Instead of pulling 40 names out of the fish bowl (yes it was open to the public), they had 2 bowls- girls and boys. There were 26 girls for 20 slots and 21 boys for 20 slots. SO- girls had a 76.9% chance of getting in, boys 95.2% chance. And the waiting list goes by gender also, so if a boy drops, the first boy gets in. I feel this is extremely unfair. On the lottery application form it says: The XXX School District does not discriminate on the basis of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation or disability, in the operation of the educational programs, activities, or employment policies, and no person will be excluded from or discriminated against in admission to its public schools, or in obtaining the advantages, privileges, and courses of study of such public schools on account of race, color, sex, religion, age, national origin, sexual orientation, or disability. Also- the district has nothing in writing on the website on how the lottery is to be conducted (i.e. boys and girls separated) and how the waiting list works (i.e. if a 2nd boy drops out, will it then go to the girl's list since there is only 1 boy on it?) It is pretty expensive, first installment due in 2 weeks so it is possible she could get in soon if anyone fails to pay. We are going to the school committee meeting this week and are thinking of contacting an attorney. Yes I am bitter she didn't get in, but I have a hard time accepting it because I feel the girls were at a disadvantage. I would love to hear if anyone thinks I have a leg to stand on or if it is worth contacting an attorney. BTW- one other school in the district was lop-sided even worse, mostly boys on the waiting list.