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
DPW workers will begin removing parking space savers as part of regular trash pickup starting on Monday, the mayor's office announced today.
Mayor Walsh asked residents who have their space savers removed to not simply go into Lord of the Flies mode:
If you spend hours digging out your parking space, you should have access to that space for a reasonable time period. Iâ€™m... Read more
By Safety Whales.
H/t Michael Femia.
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
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
Mayor Walsh's office said today he and the US Olympic Committee have agreed to a revised contract "joinder" that no longer prohibits city workers from saying negative things about the Olympics.
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
City councilors Bill Linehan (South Boston, South End, Chinatown) and Frank Baker (Dorchester) will try for legislative approval to let Boston charge up to a 2% tax on sales of alcohol in local liquor stores and restaurants as a way to curb substance abuse in the city.
The two will ask the council tomorrow to start the ball rolling on their proposal, which they say... Read more
City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) and Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton) say the past month suggests the city needs better equipment for clearing city streets in the winter.
The two say that despite valiant efforts of city DPW workers, all the snow led to "gridlock and dangerous conditions" across the city and that residents continue to struggle just to get up and down their... Read more
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.
The Herald reports Mayor Walsh has ditched Tom Menino's 48-hour rule for saving a parking space, saying these desperate times call for desperate measures.
Several members of the local clergy let us know they feel our snow pain.
A local artist going by Blizzard2015 has started a graphic novella about a doomed city on the North Atlantic: T-Tanic.
Any idea which bars in Boston or Cambridge geneticists frequent?
Scraping by in Boston is a blog by, well, somebody who was already scraping by when we got hit by all the business-closing snow:
We don't have sick time or vacation days, so we don't get paid if we can't come in due to illness, snow, transit being shut down, job being closed for the day, or needing to care for a child. We... Read more
The Globe reports a city worker purged 9,000 snow and ice complaints earlier this month even though the city hadn't actually done anything about them. Mayor Walsh tells the Globe, yeah, that was a mistake.
ISD inspectors are fanning out across Boston, looking for roofs with excessive amounts of snow and ice. The mayor's office says:
Inspectors are knocking on doors and informing property owners that their property has been identified as having an excessive amount of snow and/or ice buildup which could create damage and become a serious hazard. Inspectors are also distributing an informational flyer regarding the impact... Read more
In addition to our parking wars, media outlets overseas are also loving the people-jumping-out-of-windows story (which probably nobody would have even thought to pick up if the mayor hadn't complained about it). Take, for example, this story by La Libertad, in Madrid:
The mayor asked them to stop:... Read more
Snow fever in Boston: Dozens of people throw themselves out windows
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