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Monday, September 27, 2010
SFGate: Board to give final OK for assigning students
This from SFGate:
You can't please everyone.
With that in mind, the San Francisco school board is expected to put a final stamp of approval Tuesday on new rules governing which schools students will be assigned.
How students are assigned to schools is historically the most controversial issue related to the city's public schools, and this new plan is no exception.
Parents for years have called for a replacement for the current system, one that would be easier to understand and give them a fighting chance to get in the school down the block or to one attended by an older brother or sister. The new plan was a compromise that will to do just that.
It also will provide a greater opportunity for children living in census tracts where test scores are lowest to attend a high-performing school. At the same time, district officials hope that eventually it will increase diversity in schools in a city with stark residential segregation.
The current assignment process, in place since court-ordered desegregation ended in 2001, gives parents a choice of schools, but it's been the luck of the draw for the most sought-after sites. Children who didn't get into high-demand schools sometimes were placed in schools miles away from home.