School Committee approves change to exam school admissions

The Boston School Committee voted last Wednesday in favor of a new policy for entrance to the city’s three exam schools in which students will be selected from eight tiers, divided by socio economic factors including income of families in a student’s census tract, the number of households in which a language other than English is spoken and the educational attainment of individuals in the tract.

The unanimous vote came after a group of white and Asian parents and white city councilors pressed the Exam School Task Force to propose an alternate system under which 20% of the seats would be exempted from the tiered system.

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius, however, did not advance that plan to the School Committee for a vote.

NAACP Boston Branch President Tanisha Sullivan, who co-chaired the Exam School Task Force, said the new system will be more fair than the previous admissions


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