City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) says he will fight efforts by BPS to turn the impending brand-new Dearborn STEM School into a charter school when that would open it up to students across the city, rather than giving Roxbury students preference.
Jackson rejected a request from school officials to lobby state officials to change state charter laws to allow for charters that are not open to kids across the city, not after the council voted to approve seeking and spending money to completely rebuild the school on the assumption it would remain a district school.
"We're not going to allow the Dearborn to be taken away and made anything but a district school," he vowed.
Jackson said he was furious to learn, after the council voted to approve the $72-million project - including $36 million in state funds - that BPS wanted to go the charter route.
At-large Councilor Steve Murphy joined Jackson's demand the entire School Committe and interim Superintendent John McDonough appear before the council and explain themselves. Murphy, who accused BPS of lying to the council to get funding for the rebuild, noted that if school officials don't show up, the council can force them to by subpoenaing them.
Report on BPS Dearborn meeting last night by Parent Imperfect.