In the second school bombshell of the summer, the Boston Public Schools administration released a study at the July 16 School Committee meeting that shows the Home-Based Assignment Plan has failed to reach its stated goal of “good schools close to home.”
(The first bombshell was the departure of former Superintendent Tommy Chang, announced shortly before July 4, followed by the appointment of Interim Superintendent Laura Perille just after July 4. If a bomb falls while lots of people are on vacation, does it make a sound?)
The Home-Based Plan was adopted in 2013 with a promise that it would be evaluated after one year of operation. At the time, many critics warned that it could lead to more segregation.
Implementation began in 2014–2015, so the new report is three years late.