Boston Latin School

By - 7/20/16 - 2:25 pm

UPDATE: Story rewritten to take into account BPS comments.

WGBH reports School Superintendent Tommy Chang is looking at a plan that would require exam-school applicants be enrolled in a BPS school in fifth or sixth grade to apply to one of the city's three exam schools - as a way of dealing with the minority-enrollment issue at Boston Latin School. Read more.

By - 7/3/16 - 11:50 pm

The leaders of the Boston Latin School Association, which represents alumni at the city's oldest exam school, are ripping the idea of a BPS committee with no BLS representation coming up with ways to change the way students get into the school to increase the number of black and Hispanic students.

"News of a secret working group examining admission policy is quite unsettling," association Chairwoman Charmane Higgins and association President Peter Kelly write in a letter today to School Superintendent Tommy Chang. A copy of the letter was posted to the We Are BLS Facebook group. Read more.

By - 7/2/16 - 10:59 am

The Globe reports a BPS committee has been quietly meeting since May on ways to increase black and Hispanic enrollment at the city's exam schools, in particular Boston Latin, without using the sort of quotas that were ruled illegal in the 1990s. Read more.

By - 6/28/16 - 12:21 pm
Tommy Chang discusses Boston Latin School

Chang discusses new positions as Walsh listens.

School Superintendent Tommy Chang this morning named former Boston Latin School Headmaster Michael Contompasis interim headmaster until a new permanent headmaster is chosen.

At a noon press conference, Chang and Mayor Walsh said Contompasis, who served as headmaster between 1976 and 1998, would bring stability to the school as school officials launch a national appointment for a permanent headmaster, who would start next March. Read more.

By - 6/28/16 - 9:48 am

A gaggle of city and school officials will gather in City Hall today, along with "elected leaders and community members," to announce who is temporarily replacing Lynne Mooney Teta as headmaster of the nation's oldest public school.

By - 6/27/16 - 12:56 pm

The recent issues at BLS being reported by the media are indicators of a larger problem within the City of Boston, and it's time for constituents of Boston's legislators and officials to hold those truly responsible accountable for their inaction.

By - 6/27/16 - 11:51 am

The Herald reports longtime political fixer Michael Goldman is now "troubleshooting the media" for the mayor when they cover the ongoing Boston Latin School issue. City Hall and the Bolling Building both insist, however, that Goldman has absolutely no access to confidential records, so we guess we'll just need to keep speculating on who might have leaked confidential student disciplinary information to the Globe on Friday.

By - 6/25/16 - 12:23 pm

Updated with statement from Superintendent Tommy Chang that nope, he didn't leak the info to the Globe.

Mayor Walsh follows up on the Friday news-dump leak about a 2015 incident at Boston Latin School with a statement that no, he doesn't want to tear down the historic exam school: Read more.

By - 6/24/16 - 6:47 pm

BPS says it will appoint an interim headmaster for Boston Latin School next week as officials begin what they say is a national effort to find a replacement for Lynne Mooney Teta, who resigned this week.

Meanwhile, BPS has yet to say publicly what process it will use to replace Nicole Gittens, who is resigning as headmaster at the O'Bryant School.

In a letter to Boston Latin students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents ... Read more.

By - 6/24/16 - 11:52 am
Barbara Peterlin and Kristin Johnson at Boston Latin School rally

Barbara Peterlin and Kristin Johnson at BLS rally.

Some 100 Boston Latin School parents and alumni - and some students - rallied on the steps of the school this morning to show their support for Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and Assistant Headmaster Malcolm Flynn - and to demand a seat at the table for discussions on selecting the next headmaster at the exam school. Read more.

By - 6/23/16 - 11:59 am

Peter Kadzis basically livetweeted an angry meeting of Mayor Walsh, Superintendent Tommy Chang and BLS teachers. Teachers demanded Walsh and Chang refuse resignations from Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and Assistant Headmaster Malcolm Flynn, Walsh got mad, Chang told teachers not to pull that sort of thing in front of the media but they did anyway.

By - 6/22/16 - 9:08 pm
Malcolm Flynn

Malcolm Flynn, an assistant headmaster at Boston Latin School, today submitted his resignation, one day after Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta resigned.

BLS has, or had, five assistant headmasters.

Flynn wrote to students and other members of the BLS community on Facebook: Read more.

By - 6/21/16 - 3:30 pm
Mooney Teta

A BPS spokesman confirms that Boston Latin School Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta is resigning after a year filled with tumult over the racial climate at the school that led to an ongoing probe by the US Attorney's office.

What follows is the letter she sent to the BLS community today: Read more.

By - 6/8/16 - 11:54 am

The Dig takes a look at the treatment of special-ed kids at Boston Latin School, through the lens of one student whose disciplinary record school officials said they would scrub if she transferred immediately to another school.

By - 5/27/16 - 8:53 am
Drawings of Boston Latin School seniors

Boston Latin School students walked into school today to find hallways lined with charcoal drawings of all 410 or so graduating seniors on their last full day of school. Philip Sossou of Roslindale started working on the drawings in February.

Video of more of the drawings: Read more.

By - 5/5/16 - 5:50 pm

Ed. note: I've changed the headline on this post. Although it sounds like a good bet the kids in question were BLS students - they got off the same train that BLS students take - as people have noted in the comments, there is a chance they could go to some other school.

So many Boston Latin School students who live in Roslindale and West Roxbury board the 3 p.m. Needham train at Ruggles that the train's conductor sets aside two cars just for them.

This afternoon, an Asian-American BLS student who lives in West Roxbury got off the train, as she does most days, at the Lagrange Street stop. She reports what happened as she walked down Dent Street: Read more.

By - 4/28/16 - 12:16 pm

Boston Public Schools yesterday announced an expanded number of seats in a program aimed helping students get ready for the ISEE test that helps determine who gets to go to the city's three exam schools - from 450 to 750.

Using money from both the Boston Latin School Association and an unnamed foundation started by Mayor Walsh, the expanded effort will also include outreach aimed specifically at "Boston students who attend public schools that have been traditionally under-represented in the Exam School Initiative program."

By - 4/24/16 - 11:43 am

The Globe points out, again, that the city's premier exam school is mostly white and Asian in a city where kids are mostly black and Hispanic. But this time, the Globe looks at some of the reasons, including that a program started to help black and Latino students prepare for the entrance exam has increasingly become a resource for well off white kids

"If you are going to get disadvantaged kids into the exam school," said [a woman who runs an ISEE test-prep center in West Roxbury], "you need to stop subsidizing free ISEE test prep for people who are going away to Europe in the summer and live in condos [worth] over half a million dollars."

By - 3/23/16 - 11:49 am
Longwood Avenue shut down

A normally bustling Longwood Avenue shut down, people ordered to other side. Photo by Matt Colvin.

UPDATE: Suspicious package found at Harvard Medical School building; partial evacuation called around 12:45 p.m.

Police emptied MCPHS University and MassArt buildings at Longwood Avenue near Huntington and put the nearby Boston Latin School in "safe mode" around 11:30 a.m. as the bomb squad investigated a suspicious package inside.

Shortly after 11:50 a.m., bomb technicians determined the package was not harmful. The university began letting students back in and Boston Latin came out of safe mode.

The scene on Palace Road (photo by Kyle): Read more.

By - 3/4/16 - 2:15 pm

Albert Holland, who came out of retirement to help steady Madison Park when it fell apart on the very first day of school two years ago, is coming out of retirement again, this time to help Boston Latin School to create "a more inclusive and respectful school culture and helping faculty address issues of racism and bias," BPS announced today.

In a statement, School Superintendent Tommy Chang said: Read more.