Thursday, February 26, 2009

Proposed assignment zones to be revamped

The Globe has been following the proposed assignment zone changes the past couple of days. On Wednesday, they had a story noting that under a five-zone plan, poorer neighborhoods, particularly Roxbury and Dorchester, would have more schools that did not do well in standardized tests. They also have a handy map showing the current zones overlaid with the proposed five-zones. So my proposed new zone would now include Hyde Park and Mattapan. I haven’t visited any of those schools, but solely judging from the map, the picture in Mattapan isn’t pretty. All of the Mattapan schools are expected to be overhauled based on test scores.

Today, they covered Wednesday night’s meeting of the Boston School Committee. There, Superintendent Carol Johnson told the committee that the plan needed to be revamped because of the inequities and the lack of seats in some zones.

BPS does want to hear from parents about this issue. They have a survey on their website regarding the budget.

Roslindale parents, don’t forget about the meeting with Johnson on K-8 options at 6:30 p.m. Monday, March 2, at the Roslindale Community Center. I’m going to try to make it. Although the focus of the meeting isn’t on the proposed zone changes, I’m sure it will come up.

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