A divided Los Angeles Unified School District Board of Education Tuesday instructed Superintendent John Deasy to explore the possibility of lifting school boundaries to give students the option of attending different campuses.
The board asked Deasy to report back within 90 days with recommendations.
"Today's resolution is about planning for our success," board president Monica Garcia said. "As we open new schools, we need to look at boundaries and give parents and students the ability to choose a school based on their academic interest and needs, not based on their ZIP code."
She said parents should be able to consider factors such as a school's atmosphere, class sizes, test scores and after-school programs when deciding where to send their children.
Board members Richard Vladovic, Marguerite LaMotte and Bennett Kayser voted against the proposal. Opponents argued that the proposal could cost the district money, foster segregation and encourage students to leave their neighborhood schools in favor of campuses farther away.