The plan has gone through many iterations-evidence of indecision and a lack of a cohesive educational plan. The Superintendent announced her plan in October. Immediately a public outcry ensued. Her staff regrouped. They deleted and tweaked. Hyde Park’s CASH was taken off the list when evidence of high performance of its ELL program was reported. The Lee Pilot/Lee Elementary merger was tweaked. Still the outcry persisted, so the Superintendent switched gears. No longer calling her plan an academic plan, she now began calling it a financial plan. Egged on by the Mayor, the Boston Globe, and the business community, the Superintendent threatened to propose a ‘more ambitious’ plan. And she did.
The Agassiz, Fifield, Alighieri, and Farragut were added to the closing list, joining the Emerson, the ELC-East, two of 3 schools at Hyde Park, and the Lee Pilot. Under the proposal, South Boston’s three schools would become two, and West Roxbury’s four would become two. The CLAP would become an Innovation School. And Dot HS would move to Tech Boston and Tech Boston Lower to Dot HS. All of this brought even more confusion .