November 16, 2021
General News

Politics Forces Changes In New Admissions Plan For Boston’s Exam Schools

Under political pressure, a task force Tuesday changed its recommendations on a permanent admissions process for Boston’s exam schools in a way one of its leaders says will limit increases in their racial-ethnic diversity.

The task force will recommend 20 percent of the invitations to each of the city’s three exam school be allocated to students by rank academic order city-wide, a shift from the policy the group had been hammering out over the last five months. Just a day earlier, the panel had reached a consensus that all invitations at each exam school be allocated to students within tiers related to census tracts and socioeconomic status.

“The data is very clear about who and what the 20 percent represents,” said co-chair Tanisha Sullivan, who is also president of the Boston NAACP.

Sullivan said she didn’t want to make a concession, noting that the 20 percent of invitations…

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