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Letters | WRESTLING WITH SCHOOL ASSIGNMENT REFORM

School committee should take step further

RE “For Boston’s pupils, a lost opportunity” (Op-ed, Feb. 23): Twenty years ago Lawrence Harmon’s book “The Death of An American Jewish Community” demonstrated a nuanced and empirical understanding of the devastating consequences of residential segregation along racial lines. Harmon seems to have forsaken those lessons.

One consequence of Boston’s longtime residential segregation is the unequal distribution of quality schools, with the lowest-performing schools unevenly concentrated in high-poverty neighborhoods of color. Yet Harmon would restrict Boston’s children to schools closest to home, without regard for quality, in the assignment process.

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