MAPC Releases Important Clarification on Report on Equity
On October 12th the Metropolitan Area Planning Council (MAPC) released an analysis of the school assignment plans proposed by BPS. The part of the analysis that got the most attention was a comparison between the new BPS proposals and the current plan. It indicated that the new proposals might improve equity for African American and Latino students over the current three zone plan.
On October 26th, MAPC released an important clarification to their original report (you can read the original report and the clarification). This clarification points out that the comparison in the original report was not apples-to-apples. It compared the limited information we have about the new plans with actual attendance patterns under the current plan. When a more direct comparison was done it showed that the six zone plan proposed by BPS might be slightly more equitable. The other proposed plans would likely be less equitable. Unfortunately, this clarification has not received as much attention as the original reports.
All of this is still very preliminary. In order to fully evaluate any of these plans we need to be able to simulate actual attendance patterns. This will require more data from BPS and likely more time than is available under the current timeline.