City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) vows she won't vote for a school budget that would go towards screwing families at elementary schools that would start so early:
It seems to me BPS is attempting to rein in transportation costs at the expense of working parents who will need to find child care & manage the physical/emotional toll of young kids subjected to 11-hour days.
We all understand that it may not be possible to tweak a single school’s schedule without impacting others’. It’d be impossible to achieve later high school starts & universal 8-8:30am elem school starts in a cost-neutral way. But we need transparency on what the trade offs are. How much extra in transportation costs if each school started at the time that its families rated as ideal? What about w staggered times between 8-9am? ...
We need solid information on the costs and real discussion about trade offs before any plan should be implemented. There is certainly not enough time for that before the 2018-2019 lottery starts January 3rd.
Whenever govt is looking to make changes that would be hugely disruptive for so many residents who are too busy to be full-time advocates, we must have more time to receive & incorporate feedback. 4 weeks spanning the holidays is not acceptable.
So let’s halt implementation of any changes & properly reconsider — not just algorithms but real families & school communities.