EAC’s Mission & Structure

The External Advisory Committee (EAC) has been been given the following charge:

Every student in the City of Boston deserves to attend a high-quality school that meets his or her needs and is as close to home as possible. To realize this goal, the Mayor and Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools have appointed the independent External Advisory Committee on Improving School Choice (EAC). 

The EAC will evaluate city data along with information collected during a series of community meetings with parents and other stakeholders and other information-gathering opportunities. Based on this information and a data-driven analysis of the several models of school assignment plans developed by the Superintendent and her staff, the EAC will provide a final recommendation that will be presented to the Superintendent, the School Committee, and the Mayor. This collaboration will yield a new plan for school choice. 

Three Areas of Focus: Community Engagement, Data, Defining Quality & Equitable Access

Through the leadership of co-chairs Dean Hardin Coleman and Helen Dájer, the EAC has focused its work into three subcommittees.

Community Engagement, co-chaired by Robert Gittens and Tammy Tai

  • Working Subcommittee Charge: Ensure that diverse community members have appropriate opportunities to provide input and feedback throughout the development of a new student assignment policy and process.

Data, co-chaired by Laura Perille and Israel Ruiz

  • Working Subcommittee Charge: The Data Subcommittee has been assigned to gather, organize and synthesize data that will inform the deliberations of the External Advisory Committee (EAC) related to the EAC’s broader charge of providing feedback on several models of school assignment plans and making final recommendations to the Superintendent, the School Committee, and the Mayor to yield a new plan for school choice.

    The Data Subcommittee will interface with the Community Engagement and the Defining Quality & Equitable Access Subcommittees and report to the full EAC for deliberation and discussion.

Defining Quality & Equitable Access, co-chaired by Kathleen Colby and Craig Lankhorst