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The Boston Globe


Plans upend Boston school assignments

Two of 5 would scrap geographic attendance in favor of neighborhoods

School officials presented two proposals Monday night for assigning students to schools that could bring back the closest thing Boston has had to neighborhood schools since before the days of desegregation.

The most dramatic proposal would scrap the notion of geographic attendance boundaries and cross-city busing by simply allowing students to attend the closest school to their home with available seats. The other proposal would carve the city ­into 23 attendance regions, giving most parents a choice of two, three, or four schools, while subdividing almost ­every neighborhood, including East Boston and West Roxbury.

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