New school assignment guidelines approved

Two years after embarking on a massive overhaul of the San Francisco Unified School District’s confusing and controversial student assignment process, the school board unanimously approved new guidelines to take effect immediately.

Where a student lives will play a larger role in placement, following sibling preference and standardized test scores, for students and families applying for kindergarten within the City.

The new system to replace the decades old student assignment system based on socio-economic indicators and race was approved by the board of education in March.

Maps revealing proposed attendance areas were revealed in August. Those maps, with minor adjustments, were approved Tuesday.

Paths to middle schools, however, were delayed for another school year to allow for further discussion because of parent complaints and concerns.

Superintendent Carlos Garcia said his hope is that proposed elementary to middle school pathways are introduced by May 2011.

akoskey@sfexaminer.com

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