Boston Globe stories from the school assignment series

Aug. 14, 2011
Choosing among imperfect options
Parents’ anxiety grows as summer fades

Parents’ anxiety grows as summer fades

For many Boston families, the task of finding a school for their child is finished in March, but some are still struggling to choose among imperfect options.
(By Jenna Russell, Globe Staff)
June 12, 2011
Many destinations, one starting point
With her father, Alex, watching, Aryana Saavedra headed to a bus that takes her to school in Wellesley

A daily diaspora, a scattered street

Every morning, children in Boston disperse to schools all over. Childhood chums, and neighborhood feeling, can be left behind. With her father, Alex (left), watching, Aryana Saavedra headed to a bus that takes her to school in Wellesley. (By Stephanie Ebbert and Jenna Russell, Globe Staff)

The high price of school assignment

The 691 school buses that carry 32,221 students across the city will cost the Boston public schools a staggering $80 million next year, approaching 10 percent of the total school budget. (By Jenna Russell and Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff)
May 8, 2011
So close, yet so far
In school lottery, living close simply isn’t enough

In school lottery, living close simply isn’t enough

Sawyer Bowen-Flynn is a lifelong resident of the North End, an expert navigator of its busy sidewalks, a connoisseur of its Italian bakeries. But one neighborhood landmark is this 4-year-old’s anchor: the red brick schoolhouse across from her front door. (By Jenna Russell, Globe Staff)
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April 22, 2011
Parents shut out of Boston pre-K classes despair, while others rejoice in top picks
Parents shut out of Boston pre-K classes despair, while others rejoice in top picks

Parents shut out of Boston pre-K classes despair, while others rejoice in top picks

Chief Jasaad Rogers of Roxbury, like his brother before him, had lousy luck in the Boston public schools lottery. Not only was the 4-year-old shut out of the schools his parents wanted; he did not win a prekindergarten seat in any school at all. His parents, who both work, were left with few options. (By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff)
March 28, 2011
The assignment letters arrive
Boston parents get school assignments

Boston parents get school assignments

In a downtown office cubicle, next to a file cabinet topped with a philodendron in a wine carafe, a Boston public schools computer specialist dispassionately clicked a mouse. (By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff)
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March 13, 2011
Inside the school assignment maze
Taking a chance, making a choice

Taking a chance, making a choice

The lottery assigning Boston kindergartners to classrooms is designed to be fair, but with too few good schools to choose from, too many opt to leave. (By James Vaznis, Globe Staff)

Selection process starts with choices, ends with luck

In towns across America, families buy homes knowing exactly where their kids will go to school. Like their post office, their parish, and their neighborhood pub, it’s usually the closest one. (By Stephanie Ebbert, Globe Staff)
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