Murphy hits BPS decision to suspend exam school test, Advanced Work program

Erin Murphy

Count Erin Murphy among the city council candidates opposed to Boston Public Schools policies that suspended the test for the city’s three exam schools last year and discontinued Advanced Work for select students in grades 4 and 6.

A longtime educator and Dorchester resident, Murphy is mounting a second candidacy for at-large city council this year.

The change to the exam school policy is the subject of a lawsuit brought by a coalition of parents.

In an email to supporters on Sunday, Murphy said: “I don't believe Zip Codes should be used to divide the City by race or ethnicity for admissions.”

She wrote: “I support using a fair and vetted standardized test, along with GPA's, for admission to Boston Latin Academy, the O'Bryant School, and Boston Latin School…When elected, I will use my influence as an At-large City Councilor to make sure BPS returns to using a fair standardized test, vetted for bias, for admission to the exam schools next year.”

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