Boston Public Schools

By - 3/5/15 - 9:51 am
Tommy Chang's Twitter header

Tommy Chang has a new header image and user name for his Twitter account as he prepares to move from the Los Angeles Unified School District to Boston to become school superintendent.

He's changed his handle from TommyChangLAUSD to SuptChang, although he says "Taking ideas from students for any better handles." And he's already beginning to discuss Boston issues - and that basketball image:... Read more

By - 3/3/15 - 9:01 pm
Tommy Chang

The School Committee tonight selected Tommy Chang, who currently oversees a system of 95,000 students in the Los Angeles school district, as Boston's next school superintendent.

The vote was 5-2 for Chang, 39, over Pedro Martinez, a Nevada state education official and former superintendent there. Guadalupe Guerrero, a San Francisco school official who spent six years as a principal at Dorchester's Devers School, did... Read more

By - 3/2/15 - 11:15 am
West Roxbury Academy protest sign

West Roxbury Academy students plan a protest outside City Hall tomorrow over BPS plans to shut their school and send them somewhere else in the system.

A T rider forwarded photos of fliers posted on the wall on the outbound Orange Line platform at State Street this morning calling for the protest between 4 and 6 p.m. outside City Hall.

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough... Read more

By - 3/1/15 - 1:54 pm

Edushyster takes a look at the four men in the running to take over at BPS. Her description of Tommy Chang might give pause to anybody who remembers the scheduling mess at Madison Park High School way back in September.

The Globe, meanwhile, wonders what the rush is to pick a new superintendent, given that we've been without a permanent one for... Read more

By - 2/28/15 - 1:56 pm
West Roxbury Education Complex

West Roxbury Academy, in the West Roxbury Education Complex, slated for closure.

Interim Boston School Superintendent John McDonough last night released the names of the five schools he says need to be shut this year to save money: Community Academy in Jamaica Plain, Middle School Academy in South Boston, Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park, Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy in Hyde Park and West Roxbury Academy.

BPS says that with a $40 million to $50 million shortfall... Read more

By - 2/26/15 - 8:28 pm

WGBH reports, adds there are questions about the status of finalist Guadalupe Guerrero's doctoral work at Harvard.

By - 2/26/15 - 4:22 pm
Martinez

Pedro Martinez, currently a state education administrator in Nevada, said he was initially reluctant to apply for the superintendent's job in Boston because the city's school system has such a good reputation nationally that he didn't know what he could really add to it.

He recalled going to educational seminars at Harvard in the early part of the 2000s and being so impressed by BPS... Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 4:28 pm
Dana Bedden

Barely a year ago, Dana Bedden signed a contract with Richmond, VA to become its school superintendent through June, 2017. But next Tuesday, the Boston School Committee could vote to recommend Mayor Walsh hire him to lead Boston schools.

At an interview today, School Committee member Meg Campbell was blunt: How do we know that Bedden wouldn't turn around and do the same thing to... Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 1:25 pm

Parents in Richmond, Va., are signing a petition to convince their current school superintendent, Dana Bedden from moving to Boston if he's offered the superintendent's job here.

Bedden, being interviewed in Boston today, is one of four finalists for the job left vacant when Carol Johnson left in 2013. The School Committee expects to pick one of the four on March 3 for consideration... Read more

By - 2/24/15 - 3:19 pm
Tommy Chang

Tommy Chang, who currently oversees 115,000 students in 132 schools in Los Angeles, says moving BPS to the next level would require giving all schools far greater autonomy than most now have.

"All schools deserve levels of autonomy and should be doing innovative things," Chang told members of the School Committee today.

Chang is one of four finalists for superintendent being interviewed this week.... Read more

By - 2/23/15 - 5:35 pm
Guerrero

At least one candidate for Boston school superintendent already knows how challenging BPS can be: Starting in 2002, he spent six years as principal of the chronically underperforming Dever School on Columbia Point.

In an interview with School Committee members today, Guadalupe Guerrero said his experiences - both good and bad - helped shape the way he took on his next job as an... Read more

By - 2/19/15 - 3:26 pm

A superintendent search committee today recommended four candidates to the School Committee and Mayor Walsh; none from either Boston or Massachusetts:

Dana Bedden, currently superintendent in Richmond, VA; Tommy Chang, currently instructional superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified School District's Intensive Support & Innovation Center; Guadalupe Guerrero, deputy superintendent of instruction, innovation and social justice for the San Francisco Unified School District;... Read more

By - 2/10/15 - 3:18 pm

Mayor Walsh was the bearer of the bad news - which also includes school going right through June 30. He said school officials are still figuring out what to do if we get more snow days.

Walsh said the T has assured him T buses will be running and that trains will be running on at least a limited schedule.

Walsh made the school announcement... Read more

By - 2/9/15 - 3:16 pm

Mayor Walsh says the city snow emergency will stay in effect through at least tomorrow. The parking ban on major thoroughfares remains in effect as well - and Walsh said cars parked on them will be towed.

Like schools, libraries will be shut. But 14 youth centers will be open. No decision on additional school closings until tomorrow; he said he's meeting with interim School... Read more

By - 2/8/15 - 2:21 pm

Mayor Walsh canceled school for the next couple of days and said a city under a snowy siege is going to get tough with people who refuse to shovel and who are responsible for the near complete gridlock across the city on Thursday and Friday.

Walsh said he plans to meet with interim School Superintendent John McDonough this week to talk about how to make... Read more

By - 2/5/15 - 8:43 am
Shoveling snow into the street in South Boston

A concerned citizen was outraged to see a janitor at the Condon School in South Boston shoveling snow off the sidewalk and onto the street:

I understand the need for the safety of children but what about the rest of us? They have backhoes and trucks removing snow all night and our sidewalks are piled high and now our streets are full of snow

... Read more
By - 2/4/15 - 7:15 pm

The Globe reports interim School Superintendent John McDonough will name the specific schools within two weeks.

McDonough is forecasting a budget deficit of between $48 million and $51 million over the coming fiscal year - at least $5 million of which can be attributed to the recent contract agreement with teachers to add 40 minutes to the school day at 20 elementary schools. He... Read more

By - 2/2/15 - 4:41 pm

UPDATE: No, they can't - Mayor Walsh just postponed the parade to Wednesday.

Just got The Call again: No school on Tuesday in BPSville.

So kids can go root on the Patriots on Boylston or Tremont. But let's make it a learning experience: Kids, do you know the warning signs of frostbite?... Read more

By - 2/1/15 - 4:11 pm

UPDATE: Unlike last week, trash pickup will NOT be delayed a day. However, crews will hit the road earlier (5 a.m.) to try to stay ahead of the snow.

Mayor Walsh says an official snow emergency goes into effect at 6 a.m., which means people parked on snow routes have until 8 a.m. to move their cars, although based on the latest forecasts,... Read more

By - 1/28/15 - 6:46 pm

We got The Call this evening. Kidlet's response: A quiet "Yeah!"

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said:

This is a public safety issue. I am confident that our roads are safe and drivable, and that our schools will be clear by tomorrow morning. But, I have grave concerns about the status of our sidewalks and the well-being of students walking to and from their bus

... Read more

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