After years of debate, delay and endless controversy, the San Francisco school board will vote Tuesday on a new student assignment system - a hybrid plan that offers choice, prioritizes proximity to a school and addresses the needs of struggling students.
It's a compromise that gives a nod both to parents who have asked for a choice in where they send their children to school and parents who want a spot in the school down the street.
"I think we've tried to meet everybody's needs in some way," said Superintendent Carlos Garcia. "I think it's the best we could do."
The proposal on the table, however, would do little in the short term to address de facto segregation in district K-12 schools, a high priority for some school board members, but not necessarily for parents.
Forcibly desegregating the city's schools would require busing students across town in both directions - something the district did for nearly two decades under a consent decree. It's not a popular option among parents today.
"A decision that wouldn't make anyone happy is the district deciding where you go to school," said Orla O'Keefe, special assistant to the district superintendent.
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