Parents Forced To Camp Out For Lincoln Kindergarten Spots

LINCOLN (CBS13) – Dozens of parents in one Lincoln community are being forced to camp out for three nights in hopes of getting their kids into a kindergarten class.

Lincoln Crossing Elementary is so impacted there only a limited amount of open spots available. Registration begins at 7 a.m. on Tuesday.

Jonathan Brose came prepared for a long night with “tent chairs and lots of water.”

So did the other parents in line with him outside the school. They’re competing for their children to get one of 105 available kindergarten seats next school year, but it’s first come, first serve.

Nick Kosmides has the coveted first spot in line, guaranteeing his daughter a spot. “She’s proud, she’s excited,” he said.

While he and the couple dozen parents after him are in good shape, parents farther back in line like Jonathan actually may not make it at all.

“I thought I had until about 4 or 5 o’ clock tonight,” he said.

Although there are 105 kindergarten seats about half of them are already taken because kindergarten students with older siblings at Lincoln Crossing are automatically guaranteed a spot. So in reality, there are only 54 kindergarten openings.

“It is frustrating when I am paying tax dollars, especially living in this community, to not be able to have my kid immediately go to this school,” Jonathan said.

The families who moved into the neighborhood were told another elementary school would be built by this year. But the economy put the plans on hold.

“Feel cheated,” Nick said. “We were promised a school when we bought into this community.”

So every year, this is what parents must do to get into Lincoln Crossing or their kids go to an overflow school.

“Living right next to a school does not guarantee your kid can get into a school,” Jonathan said.

  • Roseville Pride

    You all bought into a dream, not a reality…..

    • Wet Wool

      You need to start thinking outside the box. Only the sheep care to spend valuable free time sitting on public property in an effort to gain access to one of the least desirable places to put a child, particularly five-year-olds. The fact that you can’t get into this public school is a very good thing. Your child will receive a much better education by not being subjected to the thuggery that is … The Public Teacher’s Union.

      Or, you can continue to buy into the clever mantra, “It’s for the children!” Follow the mindless herd, my friends.

  • andy

    well move back to the bay area and take some friends with you! P.S.Maria Medina is soooooo hot!

  • seanpatriot

    So build another school. You’re liberals in Cali, you can afford it.


      That’s the problem, the liberals have spent it all and keep on borrowing. Check into homeschooling and keep the government away from your kids.

  • Jerry Ryan

    Typical of government run schools . . . you pay to send your kid to the school in your neighborhood, and the local government decides you’re stupid for “believing” that . . . all your money does is guarantee you a spot in whatever school the blessed administrators decide to send your kid to.

    And evidence that you’re stupid is you keep voting them into office.

  • sage

    zame ting hapen toe may eyeno wnt schrool,eye hom schrooled. eye turn out ok.

    • abe vigoda rules

      That’s odd. I would have sworn you were educated in a public school.

  • Wooly

    Well…this just isn’t fair. Just because somebody is in line ahead of you doesn’t mean that they should get what they want. I should get whatever I want because I’m alive and breathing so I deserve it. Just because they are alive and breathing has nothing to do with me…they are just racist. I deserve it. And why should I have to even wait in line. And why should my child…who is alive and breathing too…even have to go to school? Instead if paying for everything, they should just give her the diploma or whatever it is they give out these days to get the free stuff. ‘Cause it’s all free….or…at least…it is for me. I shouldn’t even have to write this….its so racist. Racist. Racist. Racist.

  • Landry Straylor

    If only you were that dedicated to teach your children yourself…at home. Lets see, you taught your children most everything they know for four years, and now you magically become too stupid to teach them for the next four? Any parent waiting in line has truly been Indoctrinated (see “IndoctriNation”, the movie).

    • Aha!

      Perfectly said.

  • readmylips

    Sage has to be a plant. Most homeschoolers are way ahead of their grade level counterparts in public schools.

    • eyah

      You teaching YOUR 2-3 kids.

      A classroom teacher (public, charter, or private) teaching anywhere from 18 to 125 kids (or 300-400 kids if you’re a teacher of a large MS or HS performing arts program).

      Yeah. Great comparison. Idiot.

    • JustAGuy

      That’s a fact that teachers union leaders like to dismiss, but it is true.

  • Smashicus

    How many of these seats are being taken by illegals and anchor babies? They shouldn’t even be allowed to attenf our schools.

  • Patrick

    But there is plenty of money for the Illegal Imigrants…..

  • ThinkFreeOrDie

    firstworldproblems Oh, the humanity! Oh, the suffering!

  • Mary Anderson

    “…a limited amount of open spots available”? Where on earth did the author go to kindergarten? How about “a limited number” (as spots are presumably things one can count)? And “open spots available”? Really? Golly, gee, Ma! Who would’ve thought they’d be open AND available? *rolls eyes*

  • Booga Booga

    “…or their kids go to an overflow school.”

    Shucks, so that’s the case. It isn’t like anyone isn’t going to school.

  • Todd Jones

    Why don’t they just have a lottery for the 54 spots instead of having parents camp out for 3 days.

    • ApplegateRanch

      Because that isn’t as much fun for bullying administrators, who are getting their rocks off making by their peons jump through obnoxious hoops.

  • JustAGuy

    I’m reading more and more bad news from California. And it’s all surrounding the fact that California is broke and have their priorities all messed up!

    Can it get any worse? Like somebody ending up dying because the police were busy babysitting the adult-children known as the Occupiers.

    ….no wait. That already happened.

  • george

    What’s this? The kids can’t get chicken nuggets at home?

  • pig

    What’s the problem with the “overflow school”? As usual, the story doesn’t say. Is it far away? My guess is not. We have a dozen of elementary schools in my “community” within 10 miles.

    Is it a ghetto problem? Hay, maybe that’s why they didn’t say in the story. Is the “overflow school” a place where English is a second language, or where saggy pants are in fashion??

    I know, let’s ask the white guy with the tent if he’s a racist!! That always works.

  • yahoo

    What’s the big deal? In China, there are 60 kids to a class. Why can’t the teachers just push a few more desks and chairs in and deal?

    • eyah

      Because they don’t have the gobbles of paperwork that schools here have to produce.

      And that’s not the teacher’s union. It’s the lawyers and mental health professionals. They’re the ones destroying education while people continuously blame the union.

  • Celia

    California is a wholly owned subsiduary of the democrats. They control every branch of the state government. In addition the teachers’ union control the democrats. The illegals control everybody. This is the problem. But because
    there are more people in CA who want goodies given to them than people who actually work & pay taxes, this means these folk vote into office the democrats who promise them all these goodies. Then the democrats who get into office vote themelves great salaries, health benefits & pensions. It is a circle of corruption. This is why so many people are leaving CA to the illegals & the democrats. Soon they will be eating each other.

    • mamawati

      You are absolutely correct. We are owned.

  • Sue

    This is the unavoidable end result of socializing the schooling industry. It is a preview of what we will get by socializing the healthcare industry.

    Do away with socialized, single payer, schooling and return to the capitalist, free market, schooling most of the country had prior to 1850. Capitalism works. Socialism does not.

    • Jonathan

      This is Jonathan from the story and I agree. Honestly I will put my child in a private school if we are not happy with the results of our “best” elementary school that we have to camp out to get into. You are also right about healthcare. Can’t wait to have to pitch a tent outside a hospital for urgent care next time I’m in a car accident.

      • Georgiasaraann

        Jonathan….I think it’s great you all are camping out for your children’s education instead of the usual story of folk’s camping out to get the latest phone or game system. This sounds like a business opportunity for someone to start a daycare/home school in your area. You don’t want your children in public school. Put them in a good private/church school even if you are an atheist or non-religious. Otherwise you will spend the next 12 years fighting. .

    • Dan

      Uhuh. Yeah, continue to let for-profit insurance companies deny benefits to reap profits for their shareholders. I hope they deny you the care you need when you need it most.

      • Stevarino

        The largest denier of health benefits in the USA is the Medicare program… by far.

      • Pete

        Dan = Commie

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