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Lawrence Harmon

For Boston’s students, assignment plans are a lost opportunity

AFTER A YEAR of arduous meetings and sifting through reams of data, Mayor Menino’s advisory committee is slated on Monday to recommend a new student assignment plan for the Boston Public Schools. Unfortunately, none of the four options under consideration is likely to lead to quick or dramatic changes to the current system that launches thousands of students across the city in yellow school buses for no educational purpose.

It might have turned out differently had Menino been well enough throughout the fall to keep tabs on the committee’s progress. But the mayor was flat on his back in the hospital suffering from infections and other maladies while the future of the city’s school system was being reshaped. Menino appears to be regaining his health. But his school assignment options still look peaked.

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