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School board begins work on new student assignment process

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Students run to class at George Washington Carver Elementary School in the Bayview. (Jessica Christian/2017 S.F. Examiner)

The San Francisco school board voted unanimously Tuesday to begin developing a new student assignment policy, which determines the school new students are assigned to in The City.

The current assignment process, which requires families to take place in a complicated lottery system, has long been a source of frustration for parents. Last revamped in the 2011-2012 school year, it was intended to increase student diversity but has not achieved the desired results.

The resolution approved Tuesday night calls for the new policy to provide greater predictability, transparency, accessibility to neighborhood options, equity, and a strong commitment to integrated schools.

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“This is an exciting time to rethink student assignment,” Board President Stevon Cook said in a statement. “Together we are going to create a system that ensures confidence, is easy to understand and offers predictably to our families.”

The resolution calls on Superintendent Vincent Matthews to convene a working group and hire a project manager to develop recommendations for improving the current assignment system and propose an implementation timeline.

Board member Matt Haney, who last month was elected as supervisor for District 6, was a co-author of the resolution along with Board member Rachel Norton.

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