Tuesday, June 22, 2010

West Zone focus group this Saturday. RSVP requested.

BPS is holding a focus group for West Zone parents this Saturday from 9 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Roslindale Community Center, 6 Cummings Hwy. These focus groups -- other zones will have meetings later this summer -- will allow parents to have a say in BPS's potential reorganization of assignment zones and school closures and consolidations.

Parents interested in attending are encouraged to RSVP to Mary Ann Crayton from the Office of Family and Student Engagement at mcrayton@boston.k12.ma.us.

Unfortunately, I'll be on a plane during this meeting, but I'd welcome any guest bloggers posting their notes and thoughts from the meeting here. (If you're interested, just leave your email in the comments and I'll email you to coordinate.)

7 comments:

Anonymous said...

Can you post this to the West Zone Parents yahoo group?

Geeky Mama said...

Good idea. Done.

Suzanne said...

Nothing specific about this post, but in general I just want to thank you for your blog. I'm in the East Zone, and I wish something like this had been around years ago when I was going through all kinds of choices and changes. I have a 15 year old at Boston Prep Charter, a 12 year old at Boston Latin and a 5 year old with special needs at the Henderson Inclusion School. It's very surprising how few people do the research you have done. You can get a GREAT education in Boston---you just have to work at it, and you are doing that.

Anonymous said...

Lot seems to be brewing here toward big zone changes; all very cyptic at this point...

http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/redesign

Anonymous said...

Here is a globe article

http://www.boston.com/news/education/k_12/articles/2010/06/27/at_school_focus_groups_parents_voice_concerns_call_for_more_input/

Anonymous said...

Good article here; this is rezoning revisited....

http://jamaicaplaingazette.com/node/4112

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