Read as much as you want on BostonGlobe.com, anywhere and anytime, for just 99¢.

Celtics Live

89

105

4th Quarter 2:51

Bruins Live

2

1

2nd Prd 2:10

Letter

Demand exceeds supply in choice of school alternatives

 Students boarded buses at the end of the day outside the Thomas A. Edison K-8 School in Brighton.

JOSH REYNOLDS FOR THE BOSTON GLOBE

Students boarded buses at the end of the day outside the Thomas A. Edison K-8 School in Brighton.

THE DEMAND for spots in public schools outside of the traditional district system is far greater than the opportunities mentioned in “School change plans tweak status quo, when bold change is needed” (Editorial, Jan. 29).

The stated argument for greater change is correct and thoughtful. But the problem is understated: For every METCO student taking a bus to the suburbs, several M ETCO lottery entrants are denied. For every student entering a public charter school, at least one public charter lottery entrant is denied.

Continue reading below

The unmet demand for such choices is more than 20,000, or more than a third of the current student population of the Boston Public Schools. That alone should confirm the call for bold change.

Liam Kerr

Brookline

The writer is Massachusetts state director at Democrats for Education Reform.

Loading comments...
Subscriber Log In

You have reached the limit of 5 free articles in a month

Stay informed with unlimited access to Boston’s trusted news source.

  • High-quality journalism from the region’s largest newsroom
  • Convenient access across all of your devices
  • Today’s Headlines daily newsletter
  • Subscriber-only access to exclusive offers, events, contests, eBooks, and more
  • Less than 25¢ a week
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com
Marketing image of BostonGlobe.com