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New school assignment policy approved in Boston

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BOSTON (MyFoxBoston.com) — The Boston School Committee has approved a new assignment policy to keep kids in their neighborhoods. It's a reform on cross-city busing and school equality that's been a divisive issue in Boston for more than 40 years.

Right now, neighbors could go to different schools across town. Under the new plan, the current three-zone policy will be scratched so kids on the same street can attend the same school.
    
All schools will be ranked by quality on a scale of one to four based on MCAS scores. Then parents can pick a minimum of six quality schools within a mile of their home.
    
Officials told the Boston Herald the plan will cut the distance kids travel citywide by 40 percent and will take effect at the start of the 2014 school year. The plan will not affect students already in school.
    
Opponents of the new plan say the new system reverses decades of work to integrate schools because kids in lower income neighborhoods will be confined to schools in those neighborhoods.

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