San Francisco School Shake Up on Tap

Monday, Mar 8, 2010  |  Updated 1:15 PM PDT
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San Francisco School Shake Up on Tap

The San Francisco school board is set to vote on a new policy to address controversy over how students are assigned to public schools.
     
The plan scheduled for a vote Tuesday is aimed at simplifying a complex system put in place in 2002 that attempts to increase school diversity by considering a student's family income, preschool experience and other socio-economic factors.

The proposed system seeks to offer school choice, prioritize proximity to a school and address the needs of struggling students.

The plan would give priority to those living in census tracts where students have the lowest test scores. About 20 percent of district students fall in that category.

The policy would also make middle school assignments more predictable.

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