Unveiling the Politics of Student Assignment in Boston

October 21, 2017 @ 9:00 am – 12:30 pm
Madison Park Technical Vocational High School
75 Malcolm X Boulevard
MA 02120

How has Boston’s public school assignment policy evolved into the system we have today? Who makes these decisions and whose interests do they serve? Join QUEST, BEAM, and expert guests as we examine historical patterns in Boston’s student assignment policy. Only when we are informed can we fully advocate for policies and decisions that equitably serve all students no matter who they are or where they live.


Quality Education for Every Student (QUEST) is a volunteer grassroots organization of parents with children in Boston Public Schools. Founded in 2012, the group initially came together over concerns about the inequities of proposed changes to the BPS assignment system. We continue to ask how education policies and practices can help to dismantle past oppression, increase opportunity, and provide greater access to quality education for all.

Black Educators’ Alliance of Massachusetts (BEAM) was founded in 1965 by a small group of Black educators committed to improving education. Known in its infancy as the Massachusetts Negro Educators’ Association, BEAM has provided five decades of leadership and support for educational reform at the local, state and national levels.