Boston Public Schools

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

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By - 1/27/15 - 5:47 pm

Gov. Baker said he's lifting the eastern-Massachusetts driving ban at midnight, but Mayor Walsh said that doesn't mean everybody should go out and release their pent-up driving urges. He said he's keeping the ban on parking on key roads "until further notice:"

Boston is still in the middle of a winter storm of historic proportions. People should only be driving under emergency circumstances. We are

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By - 1/15/15 - 7:41 am

Boston Teachers Union members yesterday approved a contract change that will add 40 minutes to the school day at 60 BPS elementary schools over the next three years, in exchange for a pay increase. Other schools already had the extra time as pilot, in-district charter or turnaround schools.

WBUR has more on the teacher vote.... Read more

By - 1/14/15 - 8:24 am

City Councilor Charles Yancey (Dorchester) today will propose ordinances to require all BPS school buses that can carry 35 or more students to be equipped with passenger seat belts and to carry a monitor to keep them from getting out of line.

The council will take up the proposals at its regular meeting, which starts at noon in its fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.... Read more

By - 1/13/15 - 8:06 pm

In his State of the City address, Mayor Walsh said he wants to set up the authority to fund the state-of-the-art schools he said Boston schoolkids deserve.

He said the authority will start with overhauls of the Boston Arts Academy in the Fenway and the upper Quincy School - and creation of a ten-year facilities plan for all Boston schools.

Walsh also announced a program... Read more

By - 1/7/15 - 7:06 pm

BPS just announced: No school tomorrow due to the extreme cold, windchill, threat of frostbite, etc. So stay home and stay warm, kids.

By - 1/7/15 - 4:46 pm

UPDATE: School has been called off for the day in Boston.

School districts across the region may be shutting down or delaying openings tomorrow, but Boston public schools will be open on their regular schedules. But don't worry: BPS is posting links to helpful hints on staving off frostbite.

By - 1/5/15 - 6:58 pm

School Committee member Claudio Martinez resigned his post at the end of last month to focus on "personal matters that require my attention."

His resignation after six years means Mayor Walsh will fill another slot on the committee, which advises the school superintendent. Last week, Walsh appointed Regina Robinson to the committee.

By - 1/3/15 - 12:38 pm

The Globe dims the glow of last week's school-day-lengthening announcement with the news that the Boston school system is facing an impending deficit of $69 million to $79 million for the coming fiscal year.

By - 12/30/14 - 8:43 pm

Mayor Walsh today announced he has appointed Regina Robinson, dean of students at Cambridge College to the Boston School Committee, to fill the vacancy left with the resignation of the Rev. Gregory Groover.

Robinson had previously served as associated dean of women at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, from which she has a bachelor's in speech communications and a master's in counseling.

Robinson has served... Read more

By - 12/26/14 - 2:37 pm
Richard Stutman of the Boston Teachers Union

As Walsh, students listen, BTU President Richard Stutman talks.

Mayor Walsh and Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman today announced agreement on a plan to add 40 minutes to the school day at the 60 elementary and middle schools in Boston that don't already have them.

Walsh said the move is a major step to ensuring "a world-class education for every student in the city." He said experience elsewhere and in Boston schools that... Read more

By - 12/18/14 - 11:35 am

WBUR reports on the BPS decision to cede much control of the Roxbury STEM school to the operators of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School in an attempt to stave off a state takeover over its standardized-test scores.

One key difference: Unlike other charter schools in the city, admission to the Dearborn will remain based on BPS elementary schools that already feed into the... Read more

By - 12/16/14 - 9:45 am
Kids from the Joseph Lee School hold protest on Blue Hill Avenue

Students in the upper grades at the Joseph Lee K-8 School in Dorchester held a two-hour Black Lives Matter protest this morning.

Kids who'd brought in permission slips walked from the school to the intersection of Blue Hill and Talbot avenues, where they chanted slogans such as "Hands up! Don't Shoot!" and "What do we want? Justice! When do we want it? Now!"

Several... Read more

By - 12/9/14 - 2:32 pm

UPDATE: Around 3:35 p.m., Boston Police broke up what appeared to be a brewing altercation related to the earlier incident at Comm. Ave. and Warren - where they also stopped a Green Line trolley in search of somebody on the train. Police arrested several teens.

School Police today detained a student at the Boston Green Academy, 20 Warren St., after they found him with a... Read more

By - 12/3/14 - 10:29 am

Parent Imperfect reports on yesterday's meeting over the supposedly temporary educational managers BPS feels compelled to hand the Dearborn off to so it can stave off a state takeover due to poor test scores.

One, he reports, was one of the charter groups that sparked an uproar earlier this year when it seemed like BPS was about to spend $72 million to build a... Read more

By - 11/29/14 - 10:58 am

Parent Imperfect notes that that recent report on unequal treatment of black and Latino boys in BPS proposes limiting admission to the three exam schools to kids who were in BPS in grades 5 and 6 - which would mean no more students from private or parochial schools or among kids whose parents moved to Boston in the year before the ISEE exams.... Read more

By - 11/25/14 - 2:53 pm

Around 2:10 p.m. as students were being dismissed. Not considered life threatening.

Suspect: Black male, 5'8" or 5'9" wearing all black, including a fitted black cap. May have run towards the Dudley T stop.

BPS provided a transcript of the robocall that went out to parents:

Hello, this is a call from Nicole Gittens, Headmaster of the O’Bryant. Unfortunately today there was an incident outside

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By - 11/24/14 - 10:07 pm

The Dig provides comments from students.

A couple weeks ago, the Bay State Banner painted a rosier picture of where the school is today, although it didn't provide any comments from students.

By - 11/21/14 - 10:58 pm

Boston Police report arresting Charles Ramsey, 85, on a charge of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14 for an incident at the Higginson/Lewis School earlier this month.

Police say Ramsey has resigned from his position at the school. He's scheduled for arraignment on Monday in Roxbury Municipal Court.

Police had initially responded to the school on Nov. 13 on a report... Read more

By - 11/19/14 - 3:15 pm

For the second straight meeting, the City Council agreed to delay a vote on Councilor Charles Yancey's proposal for a $120 million high school in Mattapan.

The council approved borrowing for the high school last month, but the measure needs two positive votes before it can go to the mayor for his consideration.

As various ministers, members of the public and former City... Read more