Boston Public Schools

By - 4/19/15 - 12:02 pm

Incoming School Superintendent Tommy Chang this morning released names of a 35-member transition team that will "imagine what the future holds for the Boston Public Schools."

Among the key initiatives the transition team will immediately focus on is embarking on a ‘listen and learn’ tour that will ultimately help establish a 100-day entry plan to guide the district during the first semester of the

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By - 4/14/15 - 11:16 pm

The Dig takes a look at a school system increasingly balkanized among a bevy of private concerns - from the plan to hand over a brand-new $70-million science school in Roxbury to a charter group to the way it may have helped Shaun Harrison fly under the radar for so long.

By - 4/14/15 - 6:39 pm

So all anyone in Boston with a young, school-age child is going to talk about in the next 36 hours is the lottery placements that are going out for BPS.

I know each school is different, but is there any rule of thumb on how much a wait list tends to move in terms of spots? I feel like anything under 10 should be decent,... Read more

By - 4/7/15 - 6:52 pm

Authors of a study of the achievement gap between black and Latino boys and the rest of BPS say good educational practices and increased parental involvement at four specific schools helped raise the students' test scores but that even more work was needed to close the gap between them and other BPS students.

The study looked at four schools - identified only by pseudonyms -... Read more

By - 4/2/15 - 8:50 am

The City Council yesterday approved proposals by Mayor Walsh, that, if they actually go through this time, could lead to major renovations to the Boston Arts Academy, now housed in an old, formerly condemned post-office warehouse in the Fenway and the Josiah Quincy Upper School, housed in a 19th-century former elementary school.

The council approved spending $1.7 million to hire somebody to design a revamped... Read more

By - 3/26/15 - 5:19 pm

David Bernstein reports interim School Superintendent John McDonough has asked 15 BPS administrators to tender their resignations so that incoming Superintendent Tommy Chang has a clean slate with which to start his administration.

Chang officially starts in July, although he has been spending time in Boston working with McDonough to get ready for his new job.... Read more

By - 3/24/15 - 11:23 pm

WBUR reports on a BPS report that found school officials followed their own protocols for disciplining Shaun Harrison before he allegedly shot a student selling pot for him, but that that may not have been enough.

WBUR posted a copy of the report, which details the incident at English High School the same day as the shooting that that led officials to... Read more

By - 3/22/15 - 12:14 pm

City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) holds a hearing Monday on his proposal to add a second student representative to the School Committee - and to give both votes on committee business.

The committee currently has a single non-voting student member - Ayomide Olumuyiwa, a junior at the O'Bryant School. Although he took an active role in the committee's questioning of superintendent candidates recently, when... Read more

By - 3/21/15 - 9:22 am

The Globe reports the announcement.

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough had originally included the school, housed in the former West Roxbury High School, in a list of schools to shut to close a budget gap.

By - 3/16/15 - 9:35 am

The Globe reports one way BPS plans to save money is by reducing options for school breakfasts and lunches - and that some mornings, kids will be given a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and some fruit or they can just go hungry.

By - 3/11/15 - 8:23 pm

The School Committee today approved a contract with Tommy Chang, who will now become Boston's next school superintendent.

Chang, who currently oversees 130 schools in the Los Angeles Unified School District, will earn $257,000 annually, and will be eligible for performance increases of up to 4% based on annual evaluations by the School Committee. Additionally, Dr. Chang will be eligible to receive annual performance... Read more

By - 3/10/15 - 7:39 am

Jamaicaplainiac ponders the news that some high-priced lawyers are looking at a civil-rights lawsuit to force the state to end its cap on charter schools, decides to look at some enrollment and test numbers in Boston and comes to somewhat different conclusions:

If the contention of the potential lawsuit is that charter schools are so much better than district schools that it’s a

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By - 3/6/15 - 5:00 pm

CommonWealth Magazine talks to Marty Walsh about the agita that went into deciding to whisper Tommy Chang's name into the ears of School Committee members.

“It was tough,” he said. “I would literally go to bed, wake up, and say, ‘oh my God.’ It was a difficult decision because I knew there was a lot at stake.”

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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.

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