Friday, October 29, 2010

Hey now... School choice is being considered

From the MWD:

In search of ways to control costs, the school board took a first step toward reevaluating the district's school choice program Wednesday night.

School Committee Chairman Michael Bower said the board asked officials to develop a map showing how the district would look with a neighborhood school model. Officials were also instructed to find the cost and transportation patterns of the plan.

The report will help the board compare school choice and neighborhood school models.

Under the current school choice system, families have the option to send their children to any school in the district. In a neighborhood school plan, students would be assigned based on where they live.

Bower said both models have benefits and drawbacks.

The board is reexamining school choice after this month's special Town Meeting suggested it.

"Town Meeting was very clear they wanted us to put a price on the school choice system," he said.

my words:
I take back everything I thought of Mr. Bower.. he does listen and I think the one thing the school committee could do to cut costs is eliminate school choice. It's clear, some are using it to get just to get busing.