The School Committee of Boston, Massachusetts, votes 10-1 to allow parents to choose a public school for their children closer to home.
1988 (Dec 28)
The School Committee of Boston, Massachusetts, voted 10-1 to allow parents to choose a public school for their children closer to home. In 1974, U.S. District Court Judge W. Arthur Garrity, Jr., had imposed a desegregation plan on the city of Boston that gave parents "little choice as to which schools” their children would attend. Garrity's latest orders in the case, however, required "only that a racial balance be maintained,” which freed the School Committee to devise a plan of its own. The new plan, which was subject to final approval by the state board of education, divided the Boston public school system into three zones of 14,000 students each, and parents could choose any school within the zone, “provided it did not upset the school's racial balance." A lottery would determine assignments in "oversubscribed" schools.