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Alternate plan seeks to avoid forcing pupils to transfer

Two Boston city councilors and four state lawmakers announced a plan Wednesday to overhaul the way Boston assigns students to public schools, mounting the first formal opposition to proposals the School Department unveiled last week.

The alternative plan by the elected officials, led by City Councilor John Connolly, would guarantee kindergarten seats for students at one of the four schools closest to their homes; establish 15 citywide magnet schools; and allow all students to remain at their current schools, even if they end up residing outside their school’s attendance area after the changes take effect.

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