Last in a series of occasional articles.
Superintendent Carol R. Johnson and the Boston School Committee are treading cautiously as they weigh how to overhaul the way students are assigned to schools, a hot-button issue that has polarized parents, community activists, and political leaders in the past.
“I think that for us to have a very well-designed process and thoughtful communication we need to make sure we take the time so we are prepared,’’ said Johnson. “It’s a very complex issue. . . . The last time we did this it was not well received.’’
This would be Johnson’s third attempt to change the city’s student assignment system. The two previous attempts, developed by central office administrators in fall 2008 and then again in winter 2009, fell apart amid heated public opposition.
Last April, Johnson announced that the latest effort would include a robust public engagement period. At that time, Johnson said the process would encompass 18 months and would be divided into two phases.
The first phase, completed last summer, aims to make applying to schools more welcoming and less cumbersome. The changes included such measures as providing employees at school registration sites with more customer service training and extending registration hours.
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