Boston Public Schools

By - 10/22/14 - 5:16 pm
Former City Councilor Chuck Turner attends meeting on Mattapan High School

Among those who attended to support Yancey: Former Councilor Chuck Turner

The City Council today approved a proposal to spend $120 million to build a new high school in Mattapan, for which Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) has been fighting for close to two decades.

The proposed borrowing for the work will require a second council vote in two weeks and approval by Mayor Walsh.

The council voted 9-3 in favor of the plan, which Yancey said... Read more

By - 10/8/14 - 2:57 pm
Boston city councilors Charles Yancey and Bill Linehan

Yancey, Linehan shake after Linehan tells Yancey he won't get a vote on proposal today.

Several city councilors said today they strongly back Councilor Charles Yancey's longstanding proposal to put a high school on a 20-acre parcel on the grounds of the former Boston State Hospital.

However, Council President Bill Linehan deferred any vote on the idea after several councilors also said that while they don't oppose the idea, they need more information on it. Among those: Mark Ciommo... Read more

By - 10/6/14 - 2:33 pm

Two 17-year-olds, one from Roslindale and one from Jamaica Plain, are expected to be arraigned Friday on charges of breaking and entering at night with intent to commit a felony, larceny from a building, and malicious destruction of property following a vandalism spree at the Irving that police say left ten classrooms heavily damaged, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.... Read more

By - 10/4/14 - 10:17 pm

UPDATE, Sunday morning: A BPS spokesman says school will open on a regular schedule tomorrow. BPS teams are currently assessing the cost of fixing the damage, he says, adding he does not yet know if the alleged vandals were Irving students.

Boston Police report arresting two of the three teenagers they say smashed up ten classrooms at the Irving Middle School on Cummins Highway... Read more

By - 9/20/14 - 9:42 am

The state released MCAS scores yesterday and among the winners is Jeremiah Burke High School, which was taken off the state's list of "underperfoming" schools that are "among lowest achieving and least improving schools" - and subject to possible state takeover if they don't shape up.

The Elihu Greenwood Elementary School and English High School, however, remain on this "Level 4" list - just... Read more

By - 9/17/14 - 9:03 am

WBUR reports on a proposal before the School Committee tonight for testing students in grades 3-8.

By - 9/13/14 - 6:06 pm

Diane Ross Gary, Madison Park headmaster, submitted her resignation Friday after a week of turmoil at the school over a major class-schedule mess - and after interim Superintendent John McDonough learned she had never submitted the paperwork to be certified as a headmaster in Massachusetts, to which she had moved from Connecticut to lead Madison Park in 2013.

Boston Public Schools this evening ... Read more

By - 9/11/14 - 5:30 pm

Shortly before 5 p.m., a BPS bus driver somehow backed into an E-Line trolley near Mission Park, A.P. Blake reports. The three children on board the bus were taken to Children's Hospital just as a precaution; the E Line began terminating at Brigham Circle.

Photo from the air.... Read more

By - 9/10/14 - 7:49 pm

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough said the scheduling screwup that left Madison Park High School students without any classes for four days is fixed for now but is only "the tip of the iceberg" of problems at the city's only vocational school.

After hearing School Committee members calling the problem inexcusable - member Meg Campbell said it never would have happened at Boston Latin School... Read more

By - 9/9/14 - 4:01 pm

If BPS officials are trying to convince the state to take Madison Park High School off their hands, they're doing an excellent job of it: Students walked out of school in a protest today because four days after the start of their school year, the school has yet to assign them to any classes.

The Dorchester Reporter interviewed the student who organized... Read more

By - 9/4/14 - 6:27 pm

The Globe reports BPS says it won't file to turn the Dearborn STEM school into an "in district" charter school this year, which means the earliest it can try is 2016.

By - 9/3/14 - 9:33 am

City and state officials hold a press conference in Maverick Square this morning to highlight steps to ensure the safety of BPS middle-school students who will have to take the T to get to school this year instead of the traditional yellow buses.

Among the thing regular T riders will notice, according to Mayor Walsh's office:

The StopWatch Program will be present at designated locations

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By - 8/27/14 - 10:38 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson had some bad news today for Roxbury residents who want to preserve the historic Dearborn school building and move its science-based classes to another location in the neighborhood: State officials told him they would rescind the $36 million grant it awarded Boston for a new school because it's based on a plan calling for tearing down the old building.

Neighbors of... Read more

By - 8/25/14 - 10:20 pm

BPS announced tonight the problems that plagued bus service for some students today could continue tomorrow:

Tomorrow morning we will need 175 buses, compared to about 120 today. So far, only about 110 drivers have agreed to work tomorrow.

Veolia has indicated it is working with the union to encourage the drivers to report tomorrow. Veolia is continuing to assign drivers to routes. However,

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By - 8/25/14 - 3:45 pm

School officials say too many bus drivers decided not to show up to work today, forcing BPS and its bus operator to call in other bus companies, assign supervisors to bus routes and work with the MBTA to provide free rides on that system for students.

Although the bulk of BPS students report for school next week, BPS today promised school-bus rides to students at... Read more

By - 8/21/14 - 11:39 pm

The Globe reports on what might not be the culmination of a BPS investigation into possibly unfair treatment of teachers at the exam school on Townsend Street.

By - 8/20/14 - 2:15 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) says he will fight efforts by BPS to turn the impending brand-new Dearborn STEM School into a charter school when that would open it up to students across the city, rather than giving Roxbury students preference.

Jackson rejected a request from school officials to lobby state officials to change state charter laws to allow for charters that are not open... Read more

By - 8/14/14 - 10:13 am

The Bay State Banner reports on a staffing issue at Madison Park High School.

By - 8/8/14 - 12:23 pm

Parent Imperfect considers the fate of the Dearborn STEM school, which the BPS is preparing to hand over as an "in district" charter school to a group that has built lots of housing but which has never overseen a $70-million school project.

By - 7/29/14 - 4:54 pm

A Dallas-area man charged with sending out more than 500 threatening letters since 2008 was captured in part due to Web-server logs maintained by the BPS IT department - which showed visits from an IP number linked to the man's home address.

Law-enforcement officials already had their eye on Hong Minh Truong last June when 28 Boston public schools received letters, covered in a... Read more

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