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The Boston Globe

Metro

October 3, 2011

Waiting lists frustrate parents

Parents frustrated as children languish on waiting lists

Angela Mayes thought she was ahead of the game. Months before moving from North Carolina, she preregistered her son online for the Boston public schools, choosing the school closest to the South End apartment where they’d be living.

But early in September, she received a swift and unsettling education in the school district’s Byzantine school assignment process. He wasn’t yet registered - he couldn’t be until she brought in proof of her new address - and he was never guaranteed a spot in the neighborhood school, anyway.

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