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City Councilor John Connolly to hold school assignment meeting with parents

Posted by Johanna Kaiser  May 16, 2012 10:29 AM

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At-Large City Councilor John Connolly is hosting a community meeting in Charlestown to talk to neighborhood parents about the city’s school assignment process.

Connolly, chairman of the council’s Education Committee, will host the discussion Thursday, May 17 at 9 a.m. at the Kennedy Community Resource Center at 55 Bunker Hill Street to hear parents’ thoughts, concerns, and ideas about the city’s school assignment process and possible changes to the process.

The School Department is working to retool how it assigns children to schools in order to curb growing transportation costs and allow students to go to school closer to their homes and neighborhoods.

Currently, parents can apply to school in their designated geographical zone or schools in their “walk zone.” An algorithm then assigns the child to a school. But the sprawling zones and assignment process can send students to schools more than seven miles away.

School and city officials hope a redesign of the process will limit the number of schools students can attend.

The department has held nearly 20 public meetings on the school assignment process since March and has created an online survey for residents.
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