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Framingham won't participate in School Choice again

Posted by John Swinconeck  May 6, 2013 11:00 PM

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FRAMINGHAM — Framingham will not participate in Massachusetts' School Choice program in the next school year. The School Committee Monday voted unanimously to not participate in the program.

In recommending a vote against the program, Superintendent Stacy Scott wrote, in part: "The funding mechanism for the State's Choice Program and the failure of the program to provide transportation promotes inequities among the districts of the State and the student population."

State reimbursement is $5,000 per student, said Scott.

Scott also cited space concerns, adding that Framingham schools do not "have the capacity to add an appreciable number of new non-resident students."

While Framingham will not be accepting non-residents, Framingham students may still attend other schools.

School Committee Chair Beverly Hugo said she could not recall a time in recent memory when Framingham participated in School Choice.

Under the 1993 Education Reform Act, it is assumed school districts will admit non-residents unless there is a vote to the contrary by June 1 of each year.

John Swinconeck can be reached at johnswinc@gmail.com.

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