But Zemler Wu, who decided to buy a home after securing her daughter’s spot at the Mather School, would ultimately lose access to the Mather under most of the assignment plans.
Avery Saulnier de Reyes, of East Boston, said she does not understand why students cannot continue attending their current schools if their families can provide the transportation. She said she and her husband have been taking their 10-year-old daughter by subway and bus to and from the Mission Hill K-8 each day — a commute that got considerably longer this year when the School Department moved the school’s location from its namesake neighborhood to the southern part of Jamaica Plain.
“I feel like we’ve been doing our part by not using the [School Department’s] transportation,” said Saulnier de Reyes, noting her daughter would have just two years left at the school when the student-assignment changes go into effect in 2014. “If we are not using it, why can’t we keep going to the same school.”
At the Clap Innovation School in Dorchester, many parents are up in arms about their children possibly getting booted, just two years after parents successfully fought against the superintendent’s recommendation to close it and convinced her to reinvest in it.
“It would be so detrimental to all the work we have done,” said Kenny Jervis, whose son, a first-grader, would lose access to the school because they live in South Boston. “I’m torn. I understand the need for neighborhood schools, but until they can improve every school it’s tough to accept.”