School choice

By - 3/25/13 - 12:38 pm

IMAGE( first round of lottery assignments for students in Boston Public Schools went out last week. Some parents were overjoyed that their children would be going to the schools they preferred; others (probably, including the lady whose child didn't get into his first 9 choices) were faced with disappointment.

But, worry not, parents! You have another option - Simply move!

The online...Read more

By - 3/13/13 - 9:25 pm

The School Committee tonight voted to approval an overhaul of student assignment for elementary schools that will give parents a choice of six schools - at least two of which have to have among the highest standardized test scores in the city.

The new system, which will go into effect in the 2014-2015 school year, will end the city's current three-zone system - and walk...Read more

By - 2/25/13 - 10:21 pm

An advisory committee tonight approved a proposal to replace the current school-assignment zones with a new system in which each family gets a choice of up to six schools guaranteed to include two that are at the top of standardized-test scores as well as schools within a mile of their homes.

The plan (Home-Based A) now goes to Superintendent Carol Johnson and the School...Read more

By - 2/5/13 - 7:57 pm

The Dorchester Reporter gets a copy of his letter to the advisory committee looking at changes in how to assign students in lower grades to public schools.Read more

By - 2/4/13 - 9:17 pm

All of Boston's minority legislators and city councilors today asked a committee looking at ways to change the way students are assigned to public schools to hold off a planned vote next week on a recommended method.

The letter, delivered today to the External Advisory Committee, comes on the eve of what is supposed to be a last chance for parents to hear the latest...Read more

By - 1/22/13 - 6:49 pm

Because Boston doesn't have enough quality schools, the External Advisory Committee on School Choice tonight released three proposals to try to give as many elementary-school students a shot at entry to one of the ones it does have: A proposal to split the city into ten assignment zones and two that would do away with zones altogether but let parents apply to either six or...Read more

By - 12/13/12 - 7:17 pm

The formal announcement comes tonight, BPS tweeted, and removes a potential objection to rezoning by parents who already have kids in a Boston public school. School officials had earlier said they were considering lifting grandfathering - in which younger siblings are given preference at schools their older brothers and sisters already attend.Read more

By - 12/12/12 - 7:26 am

The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics produced this video to support its proposals to rejigger school-assignment zones for elementary and middle-school students: If you totaled up all the miles students in the Bowdoin/Geneva area travel to school each morning, it would be the equivalent of a trip from Boston to Cheyenne, WY (the...Read more

By - 11/30/12 - 7:31 am

A task force looking at ways of revamping how Boston kids get assigned to elementary and middle schools says it needs more time to let experts from Harvard and MIT run simulations and analyses of various options, from no assignment zones at all to 23.

The External Advisory Committee on School Choice had originally hoped to have a proposal to city official by year's end,...Read more

By - 10/27/12 - 12:31 pm

A BPS advisory committee is now considering a plan in which low-income students would get a better shot at elementary schools selected by their parents as a way to deal with the fact that too many Boston schools don't measure up, the Globe reports.

As with every other attempt to rejigger the current three assignment zones, officials are finding their latest proposals wind up...Read more

By - 10/18/12 - 8:48 pm

The Metropolitan Area Planning Council weighs in on the Boston school-zone process, basically says there are just not enough decent schools in Boston no matter how you slice up assignment zones. Their report has copious maps and charts.Read more

By - 10/5/12 - 12:42 pm

The Gray Lady reports on the current school-zone issue as if it's all still about racial desegregation in a system that's now 87% minority instead of the fact that it's really in reaction to the fact that too many of our schools still aren't anywhere near as good as they should be, at least not until down near the end of the story....Read more

By - 10/4/12 - 7:35 am

BPS handout. Photo by Bob Goodman.BPS handout. Photo by Bob Goodman.

Boston school officials last night proposed a limited grandfathering plan that could leave hundreds of families scrambling to get kids to two or more different schools under the major changes in assignment zones proposed to...Read more

By - 10/3/12 - 10:00 am

ConnollyConnollyRather than simply expanding the number of school-assignment zones, two city councilors and four state representatives today proposed giving elementary students seat in a school in their neighborhood - but with a network of citywide magnet schools for parents dissatisfied with those schools.

The plan is an alternative to...Read more

By - 10/3/12 - 7:48 am

The Globe reports the Boston School Committee tonight is expected to get a recommendation from Superintendent Carol Johnson on how to grandfather thousands of students who might find themselves in new school assignment zones come the fall of 2014.

The meeting begins at 6 p.m. at school headquarters on Court Street downtown.

Options range from no grandfathering at all to two variants of grandfathering...Read more

By - 9/30/12 - 12:12 am

Researchers at the Harvard Graduate School of Education have taken a first look at the proposals to redraw school assignment zones and say students in some zones would have more access to good schools than others.

For example, under a six-zone system, in a Zone 6 made up of West Roxbury, Hyde Park and parts of Roslindale and Mattapan, 35% of available seats...Read more

By - 9/24/12 - 5:58 pm

Boston Public Schools officials formally released five possible plans for re-aligning assignment zones for elementary and middle-school students today, but promptly said three of the proposals - for 11 or 23 zones or pure neighborhood schools - were too extreme for the goals of ensuring quality education with a diverse student population.

An advisory committee will spend the next month analyzing the proposals and ...Read more