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JEFF JACOBY

Liberate schools from government

The Boston School Committee will vote this week on a plan to overhaul its broken system for assigning students to schools, a complicated lottery-based maze that for years has been a source of frustration, waste, and despair.

Only a masochist could love the existing arrangement, whose Kafkaesque dysfunction was dissected in a Globe series in 2011. The scale of that dysfunction could be inferred from its effect on a single city block.

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