A group of White and Asian-American parents are appealing a judge's decision that the Boston School Committee did nothing wrong in the way it came up with a non-exam way to admit students to Boston's three exam schools for the coming school year.
The appeal could mean further delays for sixth graders and some eighth graders in learning if they can go to one of the three schools. BPS had originally planned to start sending out invitations yesterday.
The Boston Parent Coalition for Academic Excellence Corp. filed its appeal with the US Court of Appeals for the First Circuit in Boston almost immediately after US District Court Judge William Young ruled yesterday afternoon that BPS could go ahead with a plan that uses pre-Covid GPAs and Zip codes to determine who gets invited to attend Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy and the John D. O'Bryant School.
The group, which says it represents 14 specific families - 10 of them from West Roxbury - charges the alternative system, developed because of the pandemic, discriminates against Whites and Asian-Americans by increasing the odds of admission for Black and Hispanic students.
In his ruling, though, Young said the system was "race blind" and so not discriminatory. He praised the plan for ensuring students would be invited from all corners and socioeconomic groups in the city, although he cautioned his approval was just for the one school year, that if BPS does want to permanently eliminate exams, it would have to come up with a better system to increase diversity.