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Share your thoughts on Mayor Walsh's unified enrollment proposal.
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Good Morning Friend,
 
In his 2016 State of the City address, Mayor Martin J. Walsh called for the city to advance the collaborative efforts that will improve education for every child, every teacher, and every school in Boston. He specifically noted the importance of continuing to explore a unified enrollment system that would help families and create one set of enrollment policies for all schools.

This is the spirit which created the Boston Compact, a collaboration between the Catholic, charter and district schools to serve all the students in Boston. It has led to improvements in classroom instruction, collaboration on data, shared practices, and significant transportation savings.

In furtherance of that spirit, the Boston Compact is pleased to release a letter reporting on the series of citywide community meetings on unified enrollment, the proposal that would empower collaboration between the district and charter schools, allowing Boston parents to apply to both in a single application, at a single time of year.

The report describes the community meeting process and highlights key feedback from the community, such as concerns about transparency measures and potential challenges we will need to overcome to ensure that we best serve all Boston families. The report also addresses concerns about the future investment in BPS and its sustainability and summarizes the feedback we received through family surveys. We are currently incorporating all of this feedback into a draft proposal as we continue to meet with community and to hear from Boston families and stakeholders.
 
We hope the video below will be a tool for Bostonians to learn about the Compact, unified enrollment and to continue thinking and talking about how we can better work together.  We encourage you to watch and to share it with friends and family:
Boston Unified Enrollment Proposal
Lastly, in case you missed it, we want to share the Boston Globe’s report on unified enrollment from Denver, another city that has successfully implemented a simplified enrollment system. In the story, "Denver's unified school enrollments may offer Boston a lesson," Globe reporter Jeremy Fox draws correlations between the two cities' public school systems and identifies ways in which Boston will benefit from a similar unified enrollment system. Radio Boston also interviewed Fox about his experience in Denver and what Boston can learn from the Mile High City. You can hear that interview here. We encourage you to share one or both of these informative pieces.
 
As always, thank you for your dedication to the children of Boston.
 
In collaboration,

Rachel Weinstein
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