Maura In The News

New Hub busing proposals unveiled
By Kevin Rothstein - Boston Herald
Wednesday, April 28, 2004

Plans to revamp Boston busing drew little interest at their unveiling last night, with fewer than 20 people inspecting proposals for a new student assignment plan.

While the crowd at the Harriet Tubman House in the South End was sparse, Ted Landsmark, chairman of the task force that designed the eight plans, said he expected greater turnout at future meetings.

``This is a good start,'' said Landsmark, himself a symbol of the issue since he was photographed at a 1976 anti-busing rally being attacked by a protester with an American flag.

The eight plans offer parents a range of assignment schemes, from one letting kids be assigned anywhere in the city to a model making it easier for children to attend schools near their homes.

Stephanie Romanos, a Roslindale mother of two, said she worries a return to neighborhood schools would usher in a new era of old inequalities.

``My concern . . . is we'll end up right where we were 30 years ago,'' she said.

While City Councilor Maura Hennigan has some concerns, she hopes whatever plan is selected in September will lure families back to Boston Public Schools.

``I think a lot of parents who have opted out of the system are hopeful,'' she said.

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