Monday, October 19, 2009

Urban education and the mayoral election

Half of registered Boston voters surveyed by the Boston Globe said they would consider moving out of the city to send their children to public school in another town, according to a poll about the mayoral race.  I guess this isn't entirely surprising, but I wish people would actually visit the schools and not just go on reputation.

In another question, registered voters were asked to rate the quality of education provided by Boston Public Schools:
  • 6% said excellent
  • 21% said good
  • 31% said fair
  • 17% said poor
  • 12% said very poor
  • 13% said they didn't know
A recent Globe op-ed piece by Jim Stergios and Liam Day called education the biggest issue of this mayoral election. I'm sure it will be a topic of discussion in tonight's debate between Mayor Tom Menino and challenger Michael Flaherty, which will be broadcast on NECN, WGBH (Channel 2) and WBUR at 7:00.

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