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If you followed the 2015-17 push in Boston for Unified Enrollment (also called Common Enrollment), you might know that this was a strategy by education privatizers to blur the lines between district and charter schools. The effort was dropped after a lot of push back (see QUEST's website for a paper we wrote on the subject).

Oakland CA was also a target of Common Enrollment, and though the full on effort wasn't implemented, there was a lot of information and resource sharing that went on regarding charter school enrollment, basically a "School Finder" type tool.

Well... yesterday Oakland took a major step in pushing back again. Their school board decoupled the enrollment system completely so they will no longer have any shared information and essentially says that no OUSD resources, including person hours, will be used to market/support any non OUSD school, private or charter.

[Thanks to Oakland's Kim Davis for sharing this info.]
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If you followed the 2015-17 push in Boston for Unified Enrollment (also called Common Enrollment), you might know that this was a strategy by education privatizers to blur the lines between district and charter schools. The effort was dropped after a lot of push back (see QUESTs website for a paper we wrote on the subject).

Oakland CA was also a target of Common Enrollment, and though the full on effort wasnt implemented, there was a lot of information and resource sharing that went on regarding charter school enrollment, basically a School Finder type tool.

Well... yesterday Oakland took a major step in pushing back again. Their school board decoupled the enrollment system completely so they will no longer have any shared information and essentially says that no OUSD resources, including person hours, will be used to market/support any non OUSD school, private or charter. 

[Thanks to Oaklands Kim Davis for sharing this info.]

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

QUEST Parents Release Analysis of Boston Public School Fundraising

April 13, 2021

In 2018, Boston Public Schools did an audit of private fundraising in its 125 schools. The information was quietly released in school-by-school reports.

QUEST has now collated the data in easy-to-read spreadsheet, examined it for racial and socio-economic inequities, and requests further study and policies to address the disparities. We believe it’s especially critical to pay attention to this information now, as Boston examines its exam school admissions policies and schools struggle to recover from the effects of Covid-19.

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BPS: race and private funding
Private funds per school
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Current issues QUEST is focused on:

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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