Boston Public Schools
Michael Contompasis, who served as Boston Latin headmaster and BPS superintendent between Payzant and Johnson, now says he regrets not trying to break apart the centralized system:
I should have been bolder. When I look back on my years as chief operating officer and superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, I can see now that I was too focused on incremental changes that produced... Read more
In one of their final debates, mayoral candidates John Connolly and Marty Walsh clashed on negative campaigning and negotiating with city unions, but otherwise continued to push similar ideas for a post-Menino world.
Both candidates, for example, said they would return vocational training to all city high schools, would make it a priority to find a qualified minority candidate for police commissioner and work to... Read more
You always know an election's getting nasty when campaign signs start getting torn down.
The final televised debate is tonight, 7-8 p.m.
The Globe gets to sit in on a Connolly-campaign finance meeting and learns Connolly's internal polling shows the race is now tied. Connolly jabbed Walsh on arbitration.
Everything normal, but BPS still warns:
Unfortunately we do not have complete confidence that service will continue every day. Parents should continue to have alternate plans in place. We will send automated phone calls and update this website in the event of a service disruption.
Bill Clinton's getting an award at the Harvard School of Public Health next Thursday and the kids at Boston Latin School couldn't be more thrilled. Not because they get to mingle with Bubba, because they don't, but because the fact the award is being given across Avenue Louis Pasteur from the school means they all get out of school 2 1/2 hours early so the... Read more
There he was, at the other end of the line at 6:03 a.m.: BPS Robocall Guy, alerting us that school buses are rolling in the city of Boston today, but cautioning that, as parents, we should continue to maintain contingency plans, just in case.
October 18-19, in Jamaica Plain & Dorchester.
Judging is a one-of-a-kind opportunity that represents the Boston Debate League's greatest volunteer need. No experience is necessary. We will train you in a short session right before the tournament you attend and you will be asked to listen to debaters, take notes, offer encouragement, and determine a winner. If you are fluent in Spanish, you... Read more
BPS says most kids will have to get home on their own this afternoon as a wildcat strike by drivers against the city's new bus contractor continues - only 20 buses are running.
Boston Police cruisers and community-center vans were pressed into service as impromptu school buses when school-bus drivers struck this morning over proposed work-rule changes - including a new bus tracker for parents.
BPS says the strike by United Steelworkers of America Local 8751 caught it unawares:
Because of this, students will not be marked late and absences will be marked as “excused” in... Read more
WCVB reports some maintenance workers for Boston Public Schools seems to have a rather fuzzy idea of who's really paying their salaries, and that Boston Police are now investigating daytime work they were doing for their former boss, who retired in 2009 and who lives in Dedham - where Channel 5 found at least one BPS truck during the day several times this past... Read more
The company that provides bus service for Boston public schools is investigating a report of texting while driving by one of its drivers this morning.
The investigation began after CreatineAvenger tweeted this morning:
bps bus driver MS163 texting while driving with children on bus.
That was between 9:30 and 9:45 a.m. on Longwood Avenue by the Mass. College of Pharmacy.
This afternoon, a BPS... Read more
The honor role: Orchard Gardens K-8 Trotter Elementary School, Blackstone Elementary School, John F. Kennedy Elementary School and Harbor Middle School.
BPS officials say the schools all escaped Level 4 status through better results on standardized tests based on longer school days, increased teacher training and partnerships with local groups.
BPS has moved aggressively to protect these important tools by establishing innovation school status... Read more
Parent Imperfect recounts an incident on Thursday involving a rushed student in a hallway trying to stuff a sandwich down her throat before lunch period ended and the teacher who saved her life when part of the sandwich got stuck in her throat.
When it was clear that their friend was in serious trouble, at least one of the other kids ran to try... Read more
The Globe reports the mayoral forum sponsored by the Boston Teachers Union was just what you'd expect: Candidates opposed to expanding the cap on charter schools (Consalvo, Ross, Yancey and Arroyo) got a much warmer reception than those who didn't (Connolly, Walsh, Walczak and Barros, with the strongest charter supporter of them all - Conley - not present). Golar Richie continued her position of... Read more
Schools open tomorrow with a new policy that lets any student get a free lunch, regardless of income eligibility or whether their parents have filled out paperwork.
"Children can focus on learning when they are well-fed, and families can focus on education when they don’t have to budget for school meals every week," said BPS Interim Superintendent John McDonough. "This program makes sense for students.... Read more
Credit to Boston Globe writer Ryan Butler on his article, but I thought this was a story that deserves mentioning on this site.
A state agency that funds school construction projects today gave Boston permission to look at moving the Quincy Upper School and Boston Arts Academy into a new building, possibly on what is now state land near South Station.
The move could mean that if the project moves forward, the state will pay most of the costs - and the mayor's office is looking at opening... Read more
A teacher used Google to confirm the principal at the Frederick Middle School plagiarized a magazine article in a staff memo. Students caught plagiarizing get an automatic F on the paper.