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.
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Correction: The School Committee took no action tonight.
Interim School Superintendent John McDonough told the School Committee tonight he's looking at a two-year phase-in for a plan to move seventh and eighth graders who need transportation to and from school from school buses to the T - as first proposed by Mayor Walsh:
This may be a good way to implement a good policy... Read more
Southie Spots shows us the road in front of South Boston High School tonight - repainted for filming for the murdering-thug biopic (you may recall how said serial killer shot up the Globe for its support of busing).... Read more
The mother of a young boy whom a teacher's aide molested at the Martin Luther King School charges the school's principal knew about the allegations but refused to do anything about them - and even kept the aide in the same classroom with her son - until police began investigating the aide over similar allegations at another school.
MassLive reports the council voted 7-6 yesterday for a school budget that will force all BPS students in seventh and eighth grades to ride the T to school this fall, or find another way there.
WBUR reports BPS hopes to save $8 million a year by switching from school buses to CharlieCards.
Among those voting for the cost-saving measure: At-large Councilor Steve... Read more
The city is going out to bid for a school-meals provider for this fall and will make "higher-quality, healthier and more locally-sourced meal options," the school department says, adding it is returning the six-school salad-bar pilot that was shelved to try to save money. Also:
The new contract will include provisions for quarterly taste-tests by students and will ensure regular student and parent involvement in... Read more
The City Council could vote tomorrow to authorize borrowing money to tear down the old Dearborn Middle School building on Greenville Street and transform it into a modern Dearborn 6-12 STEM/Early College Academy.
City officials hope to win a state grant to fund at least part of the project for the academy, which has used the old building for several years.
The council's regular... Read more
The Globe reports on a report by a group that says Boston needs to let all its public schools operate autonomously, like charter schools. The story notes that hasn't always worked out well.
All just a big misunderstanding, interim Superintendent John McDonough says today: Although BPS is trying to increase better integration of history texts in English class, it's not folding history and social studies into the English Language Arts department. In a statement, McDonough writes:
It is not being eliminated or folded into English Language Arts, which is also its own department and sits alongside... Read more
UPDATE: BPS says it's NOT eliminating the department. I've locked the discussion here, please go to the new story to discuss.
We're going to find out next year, now that BPS has decided history and social studies no longer deserve their own departments but instead will become a humanities subset of schools' English Language Arts departments.
The Globe reports on a report that basically paints the BPS cafeteria program as a dysfunctional, pre-computer thing that manages to run increasingly large deficits.
Just got a robocall from Boston Latin School that on Tuesday, a student tweeted a "generic threat" against the school, but that the matter was successfully handled by the school, school police and Boston Police and neither the school nor its students were ever in any actual danger. Well, that generically puts my mind at ease.
Mayor Walsh today announced a task force to look at ways to dramatically increase the number of kids in full-day pre-school programs by 2018.
There are currently 6,000 four-year-olds in Boston, but that number is expected to grow to 8,000 by 2030. About one-third of four-year-olds in the city are currently enrolled in the city K1 program. Another quarter attend no pre-school program at all.... Read more
The Curley School in Jamaica Plain was evacuated around 10 a.m. when a trash wheeled trash receptacle being stored in a stairway erupted in flames, the Boston Fire Department reports.
Students were evacuated without incident by the one-alarm fire, BFD spokesman Steve MacDonald said, adding they were allowed back in once the fire was out and the smoke evacuated. He said the cause is under... Read more
BPS parents held a bake sale outside City Hall yesterday to make a point about the impact a $61-million shortfall in the school budget will have on their kids. Several city councilors bought baked goods in support.
A group of parents will protest cuts at Boston public schools next week by holding an old-fashioned bake sale outside City Hall.
"Gosh darn it, let's give the Mayor, City and State a hand!" reads the flyer for the bake sale, 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday.
The City Council voted today to urge the School Committee to hold off action on a proposal to eliminate school buses for 4,500 middle-school students until it can undergo more study.
City councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), who sponsored the unanimously approved motion, said making seventh and eighth graders take the T to school instead of traditional school buses could expose them to far more danger... Read more
~75 local parents, teachers, communities members and many of their children showed up at the steps of the State House this afternoon to protest the proposed 2014/2015 BPS budget cuts and to ask the state to consider holding the lifting the charter cap until the state finds away to make sure both school systems are fully funded.
Several parent and student organizers spoke to a... Read more