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Elected Officials: More Time Needed to Review BPS School Choice Plans

EAC School Choice PlansTwelve local elected officials consisting of all of Boston's minority legislators and city councilors as well as the newly appointed Suffolk County Sheriff Steve Tompkins signed a letter addressed to the Committee designated to manage the process of determining new school choice plans for the City of Boston.

The group is collectively asking for more time for families and advocates to review, understand and offer feedback on the most recent school assignment plans developed by the External Advisory Committee on School Choice (EAC).

The External Advisory Committee appears to be pushing for a fast close to their efforts as shown in the rapid sequence of scheduled events:
  1. Most recent plans released Thursday, January 28, 2013
  2. Public meetings held February 4 and 5 (only two working days later)
  3. EAC scheduled to vote on a plan Saturday, February 9 (less than one week later)

February 4, 2013

Dear EAC members,

Let us start by thanking you for your thoughtful dedication, time and energy that you have invested in
this process over the last year to revamp the school assignment process.

As you know the most recent maps were unveiled this past Thursday January 28th . We have heard from
constituents, stakeholders and most importantly families about their need for more time to review and
understand the most recent plans.

We respectfully ask for an extension in your final recommendation to the school committee to accommodate this. We ask that you delay the scheduled February 9th vote to recommend plans to the School Committee.
Again, we thank you for your work and consideration.


Sincerely,

Carlos Henriquez State Representative, Fifth Suffolk District
Felix Arroyo Boston City Councilor At-Large
Russell Holmes State Representative, Sixth Suffolk District
Sonia Chang-Diaz State Senator, Second Suffolk District
Tito Jackson Boston City Councilor, District Seven
Charles Yancey Boston City Councilor, District Four
Ayanna Pressley Boston City Councilor At-Large
Gloria Fox State Representative, Seventh Suffolk District
Linda Dorcena Forry State Representative, Twelfth Suffolk District
Steve Tompkins Suffolk County Sheriff
Byron Rushing State Representative (Majority Whip), Ninth Suffolk District
Jeffrey Sanchez State Representative, Fifteenth Suffolk District


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Posted: February 4, 2013     Nancy J Conrad
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