Boston Public Schools
Parent Imperfect reports on a School Committee hearing on proposed layoffs and other cuts, held at the Hyde Park Educational Complex.
School Committee Chair, Michael Oâ€™Neill made a valiant effort to lighten things up a bit in his welcoming remarks, but few attendees were in that kind of mood.
City Year volunteer Hannah Smith reports on the after-school matches she helps run at the Condon School in South Boston:
All the tables have been moved aside to create an open space, and line up along opposite walls. Students stare intently, leaning forward with one foot out in front like runners at the starting line. Strewn on the floor between them are hundreds of... Read more
Two dozen Boston Latin School students who may have been in close contact with that student are being urged to visit their own doctors this weekend, BPS confirms.
Some of those students may have to take a preventative course of antibiotics. Additional families were also notified.
In patients past infancy, the disease is rarely fatal, although it can mean weeks of persistent coughing.
Although young... Read more
Acting School Superintendent John McDonough announced today that the state has chosen two private education groups to take over control of the Holland and Dever schools in Dorchester, which the state says BPS has been unable to get into shape and which are rated as low as you can get under the scoring system used by the state to judge schools.
Ambulances took four students at the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School to Boston Medical Center for checkups today after they shared pills and vitamins one of them brought in from home.
All four turned out to be fine, Khita Pottinger, principal of the school on Lawrence Avenue in Dorchester, said in a phone message to parents this afternoon:
Hello, this is Khita Pottinger, principal... Read more
We're starting to hear from folks associated with elementary schools in Roslindale, Jamaica Plain and Hyde Park that Court Street's sent directives to principals to submit budgets that include cuts - in the case of one small school, $65,000, which would mean eliminating a teacher position.
Boston Public Schools are closed on Friday. This was followed by a few minutes later by a press release from the mayor's office with the following sub-headline:
Extended vacation one last gift from Mayor Menino to students of Boston
A Snow Emergency and parking ban for the City of Boston will take effect TOMORROW, Thursday, January 2 at NOON. Boston Public Schools will be... Read more
We raised the French Toast Alert to orange this morning after learning that the Weatherman of Doom, yes, Jim Cantore, was flying up to Boston and that the National Weather Service was getting all caps on the near-blizzard like conditions we could expect.
Thomas Burke, 57, of Roslindale, was arrested around 12:40 p.m. on charges of assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon (shod foot) and indecent assault and battery on a special-needs person.
BPS provided the text of the message Headmaster Brett Dickens read to parents... Read more
UPDATE: Bail set at $10,000 at his arraignment today in Dorchester District Court.
Boston Police report arresting a student at Burke High School in Dorchester yesterday on charges of illegal possession of a firearm, resisting arrest and assault and battery on a police officer resulting in injuries.
Police say the 17-year-old, whom they did not identify, packed a gun in his bookbag and then... Read more
Mike the Mad Biologist notes a Times editorial that purports to answer the question Why students do better overseas, with special attention to the miracle that is Finland, where children start life in cardboard boxes and all that. All well and good, Mike says, except Massachusetts does better than Finland on standardized tests:
No doubt the fixation on Finland is a boon for... Read more
Michael Contompasis, who served as Boston Latin headmaster and BPS superintendent between Payzant and Johnson, now says he regrets not trying to break apart the centralized system:
I should have been bolder. When I look back on my years as chief operating officer and superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, I can see now that I was too focused on incremental changes that produced... Read more
In one of their final debates, mayoral candidates John Connolly and Marty Walsh clashed on negative campaigning and negotiating with city unions, but otherwise continued to push similar ideas for a post-Menino world.
Both candidates, for example, said they would return vocational training to all city high schools, would make it a priority to find a qualified minority candidate for police commissioner and work to... Read more
You always know an election's getting nasty when campaign signs start getting torn down.
The final televised debate is tonight, 7-8 p.m.
The Globe gets to sit in on a Connolly-campaign finance meeting and learns Connolly's internal polling shows the race is now tied. Connolly jabbed Walsh on arbitration.
Everything normal, but BPS still warns:
Unfortunately we do not have complete confidence that service will continue every day. Parents should continue to have alternate plans in place. We will send automated phone calls and update this website in the event of a service disruption.
Bill Clinton's getting an award at the Harvard School of Public Health next Thursday and the kids at Boston Latin School couldn't be more thrilled. Not because they get to mingle with Bubba, because they don't, but because the fact the award is being given across Avenue Louis Pasteur from the school means they all get out of school 2 1/2 hours early so the... Read more
There he was, at the other end of the line at 6:03 a.m.: BPS Robocall Guy, alerting us that school buses are rolling in the city of Boston today, but cautioning that, as parents, we should continue to maintain contingency plans, just in case.