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Menino Wants Delay on School Assignment Vote

The External Advisory Committee was scheduled to make a recommendation this weekend, but Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has asked them to take more time on their decision.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has asked the External Advisory Committee on Improving School Choice to delay their recommendation on one of three proposals scheduled for this weekend. But he did say he would like the committee's recommendation by the end of February.

In a letter written written on Feb. 5 (see PDF in the gallery at right) Menino spoke of the public process.

"You are coming to the end of an extremely thoughtful process," the mayor wrote. "To date, there have been over 70 public meetings on improving school choice, and you have heard from 4,000 families."

The External Advisory Committee was formed after Menino requested Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson to create the group in 2012. The committee offered three student assignment proposals in January.

One would form a 10-zone model, which would divide the city, allowing residents to pick schools within the zones of their area. Two other proposals do not use zones.  

Menino's urging of the committtee to delay its vote included his desire to get more feedback in delaying their vote. 

"I ask that you continue your work past this weekend," the mayor wrote in the letter. "This would provide more opportunity for community members to provide feedback on the plans, for EAC members to review analysis, and for the public to use the tools we have created to allow them to see their individualized school choice options under the proposals." 

Joseph February 07, 2013 at 09:12 PM
Then why delay? Because parents are unwilling to keep abreast of the situation and stay informed? Pathetic. "You are coming to the end of an extremely thoughtful process," the mayor wrote. "To date, there have been over 70 public meetings on improving school choice, and you have heard from 4,000 families."

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