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Residents, politicians concerned about Boston City Council for new school assignment plan

Kassmin Williams | 7/10/2013, 11:07 a.m.

“We will know sooner than later, whether or not, if the assignment plan is achieving what we want to achieve, but a lot of effort has gone into it,” Golar Richie said.

Golar Richie also told attendees there is a chance to “bring in a dynamic results-oriented school superintendent” and she planned to address safety and the rate of high-school drop outs if elected as mayor.

“We have a golden opportunity to bring in a leader who will help to transform our system, building on the successes of this past administration, but definitely taking us to the next level,” Golar Richie said.

Walczak served on the external advisory committee and voted in favor of the plan. “We know the kind of things that create good schools in Boston and we know the kind of thing that creates bad schools,” Walczak said. “What we need to do is make sure there’s more good quality schools in Boston. Let’s hear a plan about how we’re going to create good schools.”

Walczak, co-founder of Codman Academy Charter School and Edward M. Kennedy Academy for Health Careers, said part of improving education involves connecting health-care providers and schools to decrease the stress related to living in low-income communities.

“We can work together between our health centers and schools, and doctors, teachers and principals to try to deal with those issues,” Walczak said.