Seattle redraws school maps to ease overcrowding

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Thursday, September 19, 2013

Seattle school officials presented new school assignment maps on Tuesday — their initial proposal for how to ease overcrowding, make room for even more growth and fit new schools into the mix.

It’s a complicated endeavor with many moving — and potentially contentious — parts that will be phased in over several years.

The proposal is the first substantial revision of attendance boundaries since 2010, when the district started using a neighborhood-based system that guaranteed students a seat in a school close to home.

The district expects about 10,000 more students in the next decade and is building, replacing or renovating more than a dozen schools to accommodate them.

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