Do you believe that SFUSD’s school assignment system needs reform? If not, why? If so, how would you change it?
It is a hard act to balance the need for neighborhood schools and racial diversity in school assignment.
There are advantages to both the neighborhood school assignment model and the diversity-oriented lottery assignment model. Historically, SFUSD had tried both models and neither was a full success. And now, it has rested in a compromise in which neighborhood assignment for kindergarten/elementary schools, and the feeder pattern for the middle schools - where a few nearby neighborhood schools are fed into a middle school to achieve diversity are the norms.
There are advantages for neighborhood school assignment - it provides a sense of community...Read more