Public meetings to discuss student assignment system 

The school district will hold at least four public meetings in coming months to discuss alternatives to its student assignment system.

The current system places children in classrooms via lottery based on several factors, including socioeconomic class, home location and home language. However, sometimes children are placed in schools that are not one of the seven they chose as a priority.

Commissioners on the Board of Education have narrowed down the potential alternatives to the current system, and want to hear from students and families before making a decision by the end of the year.

All the meetings run from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. and school officials will provide free childcare and a Spanish translator.

The next meeting is on Wednesday at Mission High School, 3750 18th St.

There will also be meetings on December 15 at Dianne Feinstein Elementary School, January 7 at Drew Elementary School and January 14 at Francisco Middle School.

In addition, the district is asking people to fill out the student assignment survey at this Web site: http://www.sfusd.edu/studentassignmentredesign.

For more information on the meetings, click here.

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