The Washington Times, of all places, has an article on Boston's repeated attempts to redraw the assignment zones.
They give a little more detail on the $240,000 grant BPS received from the U.S. Department of Education. The district has 12-24 months to use the grant to study school assignment procedures nationwide and speak with school-assignment experts and civil rights advocates. Boston scrapped its most recent attempt to redraw the assignment zones (from three to five) this year.
The article says BPS is facing a projected $100 million shortfall. This is the first I've heard of this. I really hope we're not about to see a repeat of last year's budget battle.