UPDATE: Story rewritten to take into account BPS comments.
WGBH reports School Superintendent Tommy Chang is looking at a plan that would require exam-school applicants be enrolled in a BPS school in fifth or sixth grade to apply to one of the city's three exam schools - as a way of dealing with the minority-enrollment issue at Boston Latin School.
BPS, however, denied the report. In a statement, School Superintendent Tommy Chang called it "patently false:"
BPS does not have a report, in draft or final form, entitled: “BPS Strategic Implementation Plan 2016/Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Task Force.” There are no proposals to prevent any students from enrolling into the district’s three exam schools.
School Committee Chairman Michael O'Neill opened tonight's committee meeting by saying he looks forward to WGBH's apology. The committee did not otherwise discuss the issue during tonight's meeting.
Mayor Walsh said in a statement:
There is absolutely no truth to a report published on WGBH today that claims that the Boston Public Schools are proposing changes to the admissions process of our exam schools.
In fact, in November, 2014 - several months before Chang became Boston superintendent - a BPS task force did recommend changes in the exam-school entrance process that included limiting entrance to students who spent fifth grade in BPS schools and adding recommendations and interviews to the admission process. The recommendations were not acted on.
This year, a BPS committee - which includes representatives of local civil-rights groups, but not exam schools - has been working on recommendations to increase minority enrollment at Boston Latin School that could include changes to the admission process.