The East Boston Times reports Councilor Sal LaMattina says East Boston is in desperate need of a second middle school.
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Volunteers at the Bolling Building in Dudley Square are busy today packaging 8,200 new winter coats for distribution next week to BPS students who need them.
Operation Warm bought the coats with donations from BNY Mellon, Genzyme Corporation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Peopleâ€™s United Community Foundation, the TD Charitable Foundation and a Boston-area philanthropist who wants to remain anonymous, according to BPS. Read more.
Boston Police beefed up patrols at the normally quiet Boston Latin School today after school officials reported a bomb threat targeted at the school online.
School Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta robo-called parents this evening to let them know about the bomb threat - and that a police investigation found it not credible.
UPDATE: Walsh says Pierce should shut his misinformed yap. More below.
Charles Pierce (yes, that Charles Pierce) levies a j'accuse at Mayor Walsh, charging he wants to shut 36 public schools to make way for more charter and parochial schools.
He's cut a deal with some of the most odious practitioners of the school "reform" grift, including the Walton Family of Wingnuts, and he did so under the radar.
Pierce bases his assertion on FOIA'ed documents, as discussed by Mary Lewis Pierce, who has a kid in BPS.
Mayor Walsh's office issued the following statement:
The Mayor has never said, nor does he have a plan to close 36 schools. Mayor Walsh has proven his dedication to Boston Public Schools by, in the past year alone, providing unprecedented budgetary support, extending learning time for students, adding 200 pre-kindergarten seats to the district, and hiring a first-class Superintendent. The Mayor also launched a multi-year Educational and Facilities Master Plan this fall to guide smart investments in Boston's schools with the goal of providing all students with a high-quality, 21st-century education.
The Esquire article is untrue and unsourced, and references meetings that the Mayor has never had. We are extremely disappointed at the spread of misinformation.
City officials today announced a new program, called BoSTEM, to provide all BPS middle-school students with science, technology, engineering and math by 2020: Read more.
The Globe reports on the mayor's BPS capital plan, released today.
Mayor Walsh announced a series of meetings on his proposal to give parents a single system for applying for seats in both BPS and charter schools. Read more.
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) today called for a return of recess at schools that have dropped it due to the pressures of standardized testing.
Jackson said the decline in recess time has coincided with rising childhood obesity and poor behavior. Read more.
The School Committee could vote to require students to meet certain standards to get into the city's only vocational high school.
At a meeting tonight, the school's executive director, Kevin McCaskill, submitted a proposal that students be required to submit a recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher and be ranked on their middle-school academic and disciplinary records. Read more.
Moving more seventh graders from school buses to the T has general worked very well, but Assistant Superintendent Kim Rice told the School Committee that she's heard from a number of girls that they're not feeling all that safe on the T, in particular because of issues such as catcalling.
Rice said she and other officials plan to spend time figuring out what to do about that.
BPS yesterday rolled out 86 new school buses that run on propane instead of diesel fuel.
Kim Rice, assistant superintendent of operations, told the School Committee tonight that BPS concentrated on replacing older and smaller buses that serve students in wheelchairs. Read more.
Across the city this morning, scores of black men lined the entrances to Boston public schools to welcome kids on their first day of school this year, in a program thought up by former state Rep. Carlos Henriquez - after reading about it being done in other cities. Here, kids enter the Dearborn STEM School in Roxbury: Read more.
New Superintendent Tommy Chang blames a software glitch for the issue, the Herald reports.
City Councilor Michelle Wu (at large) wants BPS to look at providing vouchers to low-income parents so they can get to parent-teacher conferences and open houses they might otherwise miss due to transportation costs. Read more.
City Councilor Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Mattapan, Roslindale) thinks local schools need to educate students on what to do if they find syringes, needles and similar implements in public spaces.