The Steven Cohen Team of Keller Williams Realty Assembles Panel of Boston Public School Experts to Shed Light on the New School Choice and Assignment Policy

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November 12th Event – Sponsored by Steven Cohen – will convene Boston Public School experts to help families in the South End and neighboring communities understand the new school choice process and newly available tools for navigating the system, at the same time as the Boston Public School registration period for the 2014-2015 school year opens.

This event is a made-to-order opportunity for families to get all the information they need, directly from the people who are making decisions about our children’s educations.

Steven Cohen of the Steven Cohen Team of Keller Williams Realty will moderate a panel discussion about the new School Choice & Assignment Policy for the Boston Public Schools. The event – “Navigating School Choice in Boston” – will take place on Tuesday, November 12, at the Ben Franklin Institute of Technology, from 5:30pm-7:30pm.

The panel will shed light on the impact of the policy, introduce new resources available to parents seeking to evaluate particular schools, and discuss what is being done to raise the quality of lower performing schools.

“School Choice Season,” or the registration period, for the 2014-2015 school year is already open, and school showcases and preview days are scheduled throughout November and December. Families who are struggling to follow the new process will benefit from the panel discussion.

Cohen has assembled a diverse panel of education experts, civic leaders, and local parents to help families in the South End and surrounding neighborhoods understand the new policy. The panelists are:

  •     Marc Kenan - Executive Director, MA Charter Public Schools Association
  •     Bill Linehan - Boston City Councilor, District 2
  •     Lee McGuire - Chief Communications Officer, Boston Public Schools
  •     Mary Tamer – Boston School Committee member, School Choice Advisory Committee member
  •     Ann Walsh - Chief of Staff, Mayoral Candidate John Connolly
  •     Josh Weiss - Hurley School & Boston Latin parent, Expert on New Choice & Assignment Policy

“This event is a made-to-order opportunity for families to get all the information they need, directly from the people who are making decisions about our children’s educations,” said Steven Cohen, owner of the Steven Cohen Team at Keller Williams Realty, and sponsor of the Navigating School Choice event. “Obviously, anyone moving into a new school next year – not just elementary school, but middle school and high school – has a big stake in this process.”

Drinks and light refreshments, provided by Myers + Chang, will follow the informative event.

Advance registration for Navigating School Choice is recommended and can be found at navigatingschoolchoice.eventbrite.com. Proceeds from the suggested donation of $10 will be given to the Friends of the South End Library.

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