Boston Public Schools
Was the sound of 57,000 BPS students shouting their approval on learning school has been canceled for tomorrow.
Boston school officials today formally introduced a proposed budget that would cut central services such as nurses and force high schools to do things like drop AP courses and librarians, but leave elementary schools largely unscathed. And they urged students and parents to lobby the state legislature to help increase state aid. Read more.
School Superintendent Tommy Chang made the announcement today, said BPS is working out arrangements to refund families who have already paid for trips. Among the trips canceled: Two to Nicaragua.
Boston Police report:
At approximately 8:55 this morning, the Boston Police Department was notified of a threatening email that was sent to the superintendent of schoolâ€™s office at 2300 Washington Street, Roxbury. Upon receiving the email, school officials immediately notified the Boston Police Department. The BPD along with our local and Federal law enforcement partners promptly initiated an investigation and quickly determined that the threat contained in the email was not credible.
Police say they and school officials took unspecified "appropriate" actions just in case.
Boston Public Schools today announced that 70.7% of the 2015 class graduated. It's the system's highest number - and reflects a shrinking gap between the graduation rates of whites and blacks and Hispanics. Read more.
Black students at Boston Latin School have started a campaign against the racism they say persists at the nation's oldest public schools.
In a YouTube video, organizers Kylie Webster Cazeau and Meggie Noel pointed to examples that range from the annoying to the infuriating - and urge other students to post examples under the hashtag #blackatbls:
With Boston booming, there's no real reason Boston schools are being ordered to make cuts that could mean teacher and program cuts, is there? There is if you look at it as one of the first steps in Mayor Walsh's long-term plan to completely reorganizes BPS and build a system with fewer, but bigger schools, Mike Freedberg writes:
Complete reorganization of Bostonâ€™s schools system is certainly Walshâ€™s goals, as it is the goal of the cityâ€™s employers and of many of the cityâ€™s school-kid parents. This cannot possibly be accomplished all at once. You can only reform an entrenched vested interest by chipping away at it, a little at a time. Walshâ€™s $ 50 million FY 2017 schools short-sheet looks like the first chip in his long term plan.
They don't have $18 million in New York money, but some 300 pro-BPS residents and teachers said tonight they will run a robust campaign to protect Boston public schools by fighting proposals that would lift the cap on charter schools, meld charter and BPS enrollment systems and cut $50 million from the budget of the nation's oldest public-school system. Read more.
BPS officials reported today that state education officials have dropped Madison Park High School to the second-worst "accountability" results for 2015, which means the state considers it "underperforming."
But BPS officials says there's a glimmer of hope in the new Level 4 designation for the city's only vocational school: Read more.
The Globe takes a look at rising test scores and a new sense of optimism at the long beleaguered school.
The East Boston Times reports Councilor Sal LaMattina says East Boston is in desperate need of a second middle school.