Neighborhood schools hang in balance after Prop. H too close to call

The results were too close to call Tuesday night for a ballot measure that would encourage the San Francisco Unified School District to assign students to neighborhood schools.

Proposition H, which is nonbinding, would make it city policy to encourage the district to change its student assignment system so that every student can attend the school closest to home.

The SFUSD sends students to schools anywhere in The City based on parental choice, and using certain tie-breakers.

In 2010, the Board of Education revised the tie-breakers to include whether a family lives in a school’s immediate area, but that carries less weight than other factors. School officials say only a quarter of parents rank their closest school as a first choice anyway.

The school board and the teachers union, United Educators of San Francisco, opposed the measure, arguing that it would be expensive and disruptive to revamp the system again.

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