Boston Public Schools

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

By - 7/28/14 - 10:51 pm

KTRE reports a resident of a Dallas suburb faces federal charges that he's sent hundreds of rambling, threatening letters to addresses across the country since 2008.

Last year, 28 Boston schools received the letters, which mentioned al Queda, Sarin gas and mashed leeches.

By - 7/16/14 - 9:00 pm

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

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By - 6/28/14 - 9:14 pm
Busing protest in South Boston

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

By - 6/26/14 - 4:32 pm

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.

The aide, LaShawn Hill, pleaded guilty... Read more

By - 6/26/14 - 8:37 am

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

By - 6/18/14 - 3:32 pm

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

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By - 6/3/14 - 8:25 am

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

By - 6/3/14 - 7:33 am

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.

By - 5/23/14 - 3:01 pm

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

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By - 5/22/14 - 11:59 pm

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.

BPS says it's just an internal reorganization,... Read more

By - 5/19/14 - 8:47 am

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.

By - 5/15/14 - 8:36 am

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.

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