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Advocacy for Quality, Equity, and Transparency Within the Boston Public Schools System

Will the School Committee keep its word about the Dever/McCormack fields?

November 5, 2019

In 2018, the Boston Public Schools Committee issued a Request for Proposals (RFP) to develop fields belonging to the Dever Elementary School and John W. McCormack Middle School. Members voted after assurances that those communities would have input into what would happen to their open space.

Now a private field house operated by The Boys & Girls Clubs is the sole proposal submitted, and the school communities were only informed after the deadline passed. Will the School Committee members live up to their word and accept the community input that they promised?

Click on the following dates to view full School Committee discussions about the RFP for developing the Dever/McCormack fields: April 11, 2018 (beginning at minute 44:30); May 9, 2018 (beginning at 2hr 26 min); and May 23, 2018 (beginning at 1 hr 12 min).

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Facilities, Resources and School Closings

Quality education requires a commitment by the school district to the efficient, sustained, and equitable use of resources.

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Privatization of Education

Public education, including its physical facilities, is a public good that should be under community control.

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Student Assignment

All students should have equitable access to quality school options through a transparent and accessible system of school assignment.

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ABOUT QUEST

QUEST (Quality Education for Every Student) is a volunteer grassroots organization of parents with children in Boston Public Schools. Founded in 2012, the group initially came together over concerns about the inequities of proposed changes to the BPS assignment system. We continue to ask how education policies and practices can help to dismantle past oppression, increase opportunity, and provide greater access to quality education for all.

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