Posts Tagged ‘student assignment plan’

In October, we blogged about joining the Community Coalition for Equity, Excellence and Engagement to ask the Boston Public Schools to put quality first as it reconsiders school assignment. As we have followed this process and listened to the many stakeholders involved, we and the Coalition believe that the focus should be on improving schools across the city rather than finding new ways to divide students among unequal schools.

Nonetheless, the  process has continued and very soon the Mayor’s External Advisory Committee is slated to make a recommendation to the BPS for a new school assignment plan. It is important that if the BPS does change how students are assigned to schools, they must fully consider the implications for equity, access and excellence, especially in light of Boston’s school assignment history.

On November 20th we’ll hold an update for the BBDP community and the Community Coalition for Equity, Excellence and Engagement to explain the school assignment plans under the consideration by the EAC. We’ll then think through what we can learn from Boston’s school desegregation and assignment history about the recommendations they are making. This session will be used to draft the BBDP’s response to the process and plans through a historical lens.

Oh, and it’s a potluck, so when you join us, don’t forget to bring a dish to share! Click here to register.

P.S. To see and participate in our evolving timeline of the struggle for excellence, equity and access click here. Also, it you have additions or corrections to the history please send them to BBDP!

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.