After 14 community meetings and a study of five different BPS-generated student assignment plans, the External Advisory Committee, a community group appointed by the mayor, will digest the options and, based on feedback, will make a recommendation to the superintendent who will then bring a proposal to the school committee. There’ll then be at least a few more community meetings before the school committee votes on a plan.
Others have weighed in as well. We have previously in this space cited the Harvard Study which found that the BPS plans will increase inequity.
City Councilors John Connolly and Matt O’Malley are promoting their own plan that calls for the grandfathering of students (a change that has been embraced now by the school department) as well as the forced conversion (see page 6 of PDF download) of 59 schools to either Charter, Innovation or Pilot status.
The Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) has done an exhaustive analysis of the current as well as would-be future assignment plans. And this weekend a new plan was unveiled by an MIT group which offered an outside-the-box proposal; see Globe report here. The school department deserves an “A” for transparency in how it has approached the issue by offering a website that offers full detail on all competing plans.