An estimated 8200 units are coming to the relatively small Gowanus area, and the parent’s question about how student assignment policies will address this uncertain future is right on the mark.
In the early 20th century, the Board of Education constructed enormous school buildings across the city so as to accommodate unpredictable ebbs and flows in the student population in lieu of constantly building and shuttering smaller structures. Our student assignment policies should do the same: clearly a system that spreads students evenly across district schools is better able to address population swings than a system that limits attendance to artificial attendance zones that must be repeatedly readjusted in response to overcrowding in some schools and under-enrollment in others.
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