Boston Public Schools
CommonWealth interviews Tommy Chang, who officially became Boston school superintendent on July 1 on his goals for devolving power and money from
Court Street the Bolling Building to individual schools and their principals. Also of note: His children will stay in Los Angeles for school this year.
Chang is scheduled to outline his "100-day plan" at a School Committee meeting tomorrow night at the Bolling Building.
The City Council started its meeting today by celebrating the West Roxbury Raiders, 2015 Boston City League baseball champions. Read more.
WBUR reports Erin Dukeshire, a sixth-grade science teacher at the Orchard Gardens School won one of four Fishman Prizes for Superlative Classroom Practice.
Sheâs part of a team that helped transform the school from one of the lowest performing in the state to one of its fastest-improving.
Instead of bake sales, families at the Sumner School on Basile Street are making and selling "biodegradable, Borax-free, aromatherapeutic laundry soap handmade from all natural ingredients."
Lauren Cooperstein Corduck, whose daughter Esther is a first grader at the school, got the idea while folding her laundry - laundry she'd cleaned with the homemade soap she'd made herself:
DonorsChoose.org is a Web site that lets teachers seek donations for classroom or project supplies. The site made news last week when Stephen Colbert announced he would help fund all 1,000 requests from his native South Carolina - about $800,000 in all.
Incoming School Superintendent Tommy Chang this morning released names of a 35-member transition team that will "imagine what the future holds for the Boston Public Schools."
The Dig takes a look at a school system increasingly balkanized among a bevy of private concerns - from the plan to hand over a brand-new $70-million science school in Roxbury to a charter group to the way it may have helped Shaun Harrison fly under the radar for so long.
So all anyone in Boston with a young, school-age child is going to talk about in the next 36 hours is the lottery placements that are going out for BPS.
I know each school is different, but is there any rule of thumb on how much a wait list tends to move in terms of spots? I feel like anything under 10 should be decent, but if a given K1 only has 17 seats I suppose that still isn't likely.
Authors of a study of the achievement gap between black and Latino boys and the rest of BPS say good educational practices and increased parental involvement at four specific schools helped raise the students' test scores but that even more work was needed to close the gap between them and other BPS students.
The City Council yesterday approved proposals by Mayor Walsh, that, if they actually go through this time, could lead to major renovations to the Boston Arts Academy, now housed in an old, formerly condemned post-office warehouse in the Fenway and the Josiah Quincy Upper School, housed in a 19th-century former elementary school.
The Globe reports.
David Bernstein reports interim School Superintendent John McDonough has asked 15 BPS administrators to tender their resignations so that incoming Superintendent Tommy Chang has a clean slate with which to start his administration.
Chang officially starts in July, although he has been spending time in Boston working with McDonough to get ready for his new job.
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) holds a hearing Monday on his proposal to add a second student representative to the School Committee - and to give both votes on committee business.
The committee currently has a single non-voting student member - Ayomide Olumuyiwa, a junior at the O'Bryant School. Although he took an active role in the committee's questioning of superintendent candidates recently, when the time came to actually vote on a new superintendent, only the adults voted.
The Globe reports one way BPS plans to save money is by reducing options for school breakfasts and lunches - and that some mornings, kids will be given a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and some fruit or they can just go hungry.
The School Committee today approved a contract with Tommy Chang, who will now become Boston's next school superintendent.
Chang, who currently oversees 130 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, will earn $257,000 annually, and will be eligible for performance increases of up to 4% based on annual evaluations by the School Committee. Additionally, Dr. Chang will be eligible to receive annual performance increases, between 0 and 4%, based on his evaluation by the School Committee.
Jamaicaplainiac ponders the news that some high-priced lawyers are looking at a civil-rights lawsuit to force the state to end its cap on charter schools, decides to look at some enrollment and test numbers in Boston and comes to somewhat different conclusions:
If the contention of the potential lawsuit is that charter schools are so much better than district schools that itâs a civil rights violation to cap the number of charters, well, I just donât see it.
Indeed, some of those ELL and students with disabilities numbers are so suspiciously low that if I were running one of these schools, I would get pretty nervous when people start bringing up civil rights violations.
And I have to wonder not only why theyâre fighting to expand charter schools, but why some of these schools havenât been closed down.
CommonWealth Magazine talks to Marty Walsh about the agita that went into deciding to whisper Tommy Chang's name into the ears of School Committee members.
âIt was tough,â he said. âI would literally go to bed, wake up, and say, âoh my God.â It was a difficult decision because I knew there was a lot at stake.â