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External Advisory Committee on School Choice. Meeting Materials for September 24, 2012. Agenda. Welcome from co-chairs Ground rules Logistics/other items Minutes for approval Upcoming community meetings Quality and equitable access definitions

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external advisory committee on school choice

External Advisory Committee on School Choice

Meeting Materials for September 24, 2012

  • Welcome from co-chairs
  • Ground rules
  • Logistics/other items
    • Minutes for approval
    • Upcoming community meetings
    • Quality and equitable access definitions
  • Discussion on working groups & next steps
  • Presentation from BPS on proposed models
  • Questions from EAC members and discussion
  • Questions from observers
  • Conclusion
community meetings kick off september 27
Community Meetings Kick Off September 27
  • Thursday, Sept. 27 (7pm-9:30pm): Burke High School (note new time; now begins at 7pm)60 Washington St., Dorchester (Haitian Creole, Spanish, Somali interpretation)
  • Saturday, Sept. 29 (10:30am-1pm): East Boston High School86 White St., East Boston (Spanish interpretation)
  • Sunday, Sept. 30 (1:30pm-4pm): Teen Center at St. Peter’s278 Bowdoin St., Dorchester (Cape Verdean, Portuguese, Vietnamese interpretation)
  • Monday, Oct. 1 (6pm-8:30pm): Jackson/Mann K-8 School40 Armington St., Allston (Cantonese, Portuguese, Spanish interpretation)
  • Tuesday, Oct. 2 (6pm-8:30pm): Madison Park Technical Vocational High School75 Malcolm X Boulevard, Roxbury (Somali, Spanish interpretation)
  • Thursday, Oct. 4 (6pm-8:30pm): Ohrenberger School175 West Boundary Rd., West Roxbury (Spanish interpretation)
  • Friday, Oct. 5 (7:30am-10am): Suffolk University, 73 Tremont St., Downtown
  • Tuesday, Oct. 9 (6pm-8:30pm): Mildred Avenue K-8 School5 Mildred Ave., Mattapan (Haitian Creole, Spanish interpretation)
  • Wednesday, Oct. 10 (6pm-8:30pm): Charlestown High School240 Medford St., Charlestown
  • Thursday, Oct. 11 (6pm-8:30pm): Dever/McCormack School325 Mt. Vernon St., Dorchester (Spanish interpretation)
  • Friday, Oct. 12 (6pm-8:30pm): Boston Chinatown Neighborhood Center 38 Ash St., Boston (Mandarin, Cantonese, Spanish interpretation)
  • (Child care will be available at all meetings except Oct. 5)
eac definition of quality
EAC Definition of Quality
  • Acknowledging that quality varies for each individual, the EAC Defining Quality and Equitable Access Subcommittee - with its members’ expertise, community feedback, and BPS research on quality - has drafted the following preliminary definition of a quality school to include:
    • Academic excellence and student academic growth in all grades, across all subgroups of race, ethnicity, English Language Learners and students with disabilities
    • Principal effectiveness and teacher excellence with caring teachers and school staff
    • Parent engagement and a sense of community within and outside of the school
    • Effective community partnerships
    • Focus on the development of the whole child and the needs of all learners, though arts, music, athletics, and program and course offerings
    • Safe and positive school climate including social and emotional support
    • Adequate and appropriate facilities
    • As close to home as possible
eac definition of equitable access
EAC Definition of Equitable Access
  • A new student assignment process should seek to provide every child, in every neighborhood; including but not limited to the following subgroups; race, national origin, color, gender, immigrant status, ethnicity, language, socioeconomic status, sexual orientation, special needs or disability, with the same opportunity to learn and succeed in the Boston Public Schools.
  • If the new student assignment plan is geographically based, each defined area should seek to provide an equal opportunity to receive a quality education, and at a "quality school" as defined by the EAC based on data and community feedback.
  • The EAC will ensure that its recommendations to BPS take into account how all students in every subgroup will be affected by the proposed assignment models and policies, and that the EAC's recommendations support continued diversity throughout BPS.
working groups
Working Groups
  • Propose breaking EAC into three groups to discuss models
    • Goal is to have members from each subcommittee in each group
  • Meet between now and October 22 with an outside facilitator
    • Proposed times (locations TBD):
      • Sunday, 9/30, from 6pm to 8pm
      • Wednesday, 10/3, from 5pm to 7pm
      • Monday, 10/15 from 10:30 am to 12:30 pm
      • Additional times can be scheduled if needed
  • Report back to full EAC on October 22 with thoughts on strengths and challenges of each proposal
proposed analysis and comparison of proposed models
Proposed Analysis and Comparison of Proposed Models
  • Following discussions with the Data and Defining Quality Subcommittees, the following is proposed for initial model comparison and analysis
    • School performance
    • Student academic outcomes
    • Student demographics – including Special Education, English Language Learners (ELL), General Education, family income level, and race
    • Supply – available seats by school and program
    • Choice – probability of getting a seat
    • Safety – school and neighborhood safety
    • Location – distance traveled by students
    • Continuity from elementary to middle school
  • Attachment A – BPS presentation on new school assignment proposals