Boston to Revisit School Assignment

Posted: February 1, 2012 by meghandoran in Uncategorized

In his January 17th ‘State of the City’ address Mayor Menino vowed  “that one year from now Boston will have adopted a radically different student assignment plan – one that puts a priority on children attending schools closer to their homes.” This assertion has raised a lot of questions for us at the Boston Busing/Desegregation Project – questions that we’d really like to hear your thoughts on. From our perspective, any discussion around changing the school reassignment plan needs to be grounded in a deep understanding of the historical context. What do you think?

–          How does the context of the busing/desegregation crisis impact the way residents in Boston think and talk about school assignment?

–          Does the context of the busing/desegregation crisis impact the way you think about school assignment? Why or why not?

–          What lessons can we take from the busing/desegregation crisis as we rethink the way students are assigned to schools today?

Post your thoughts on any or all of these questions here or email them to and if we get enough responses we will get back to you with a summary.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: Logo

You are commenting using your account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s