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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.


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.

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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


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

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