The Globe has an excellent guest editorial from Kim Janey and Myriam Ortiz today.
They make an excellent point:
Parents in communities of color no longer trust officials to keep their promises. They have seen too many commitments broken in the past. Children don't learn from promises; they must see the reality of improvements in teaching and learning in their schools and classrooms.
What I don't understand is why people don't make the connection the the official that they no longer should trust is Mayor Menino. He has had absolute control over the school system for 16 years. If promises have been broken, they come from him.
I agree that this 3 to 5 zone plan is too quick. An overall plan needs to be implemented to move this city into a program of neighborhood schools, where parents can be confident that every school is worthy of sending their child to.