In 2013 Boston Public Schools implemented a new school choice and assignment system called Home-Based, which sought to provide more students access to quality schools close to home. BARI has been working with BPS to assess how well they achieved that goal, and whether the benefits of the change were distributed evenly across Bostonians.
This evening, BARI Co-Director Dan O’Brien, lead author on the report in conjunction with Nancy Hill, professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, will present the report’s findings to the School Committee.
The report found that while commute times did improve by several minutes, the new system revealed and exacerbated existing inequities amongst students. The problem? Geography largely determines access to quality schools. “If you don’t have quality throughout the city, you can’t offer equal access to quality,” says Dan O’Brien, BARI Co-Director. The good news, according to O’Brien, is that the report makes clear we can improve upon the system, identifying ways to make it stronger and more equitable.
To read the report in full, click here.