A group of parents sued Boston Public Schools today over its decision to replace exam-school exams for one year with a system that uses pre-Covid GPAs and Zip codes to select students for Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy and the John D. O'Bryant School.
The suit, filed in US District Court in Boston by a group called Boston Parent Coalition for Academic Excellence Corp., alleges the new system is racially biased against White and Asian-American families because it gives more preference to students from more heavily Black and Latino Zip codes.
The group demands a judge declare the policy unconstitutional.
The suit is specifically on behalf of 14 families - 10 of them from West Roxbury.
More immediately, the group seeks injunctions to prevent BPS from using the new system for admission in the 2021-2022 school year and for ever trying it again in future years.
Although the School Committee emphasized its October decision was just for the upcoming school year, it also charged the task force that came up with the plan to continue working to come up with ways of reducing racial disparities at the exam schools, in particular Boston Latin School, at which a majority of students are White or Asian-American in a school district where the majority of students at Black or Hispanic.