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.
City Council President Bill Linehan said today he'll chair a special committee to look at how Boston can host the 2024 Summer Olympics.
To join him, Linehan chose councilors Mark Ciommo (Allston/Brighton), Frank Baker (Dorchester), Tito Jackson (Roxbury), Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan), Michelle Wu (at large), and Matt Oâ€™Malley (West Roxbury, Jamaica Plain).
Mayor Walsh says he wants to increase the fines for commercial snow infractions from $300 per incident to $1,500.
The fines would be levied in companies that refuse to shovel their sidewalks or dump snow in the street.
The increase would require approval from the state legislature.
Meet James Knauer, Boston's Snowcrew.org Super Yeti! James became a Yeti on January 29th, 2015 and since has shoveled out 21 neighbors in need around Boston.
This is an excerpt from the National Weather Service's 1:15 a.m. forecaster's discussion for today's weather:
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 under then Superintendent Thomas Payzant. "God, this is such a cool district," he recalled thinking.
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:
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 Boston if, say, the Ford Foundation offered him a job?
Bedden said Boston is different - and worth the difficult conversations he said he's had with his mayor and even governor - because of its role in helping set the national educational agenda.
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 by Mayor Walsh.
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.
In January, Walsh had signed off on a clause that prohibited such Debbie Downer talk - which he said was just boilerplate that every other city had always agreed to and something he never had any intention of enforcing.
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. The School Committee decides Tuesday whom to pick.
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 would not only help alcoholics and addicts but the city as a whole by reducing the amount of crime related to substance abuse.
If the rest of the council agrees, a council committee will hold a hearing on the proposal, after which the council would vote on it.
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 own streets.
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.
In an interview with School Committee members today, Guadalupe Guerrero said his experiences - both good and bad - helped shape the way he took on his next job as an administrator with the San Francisco Unified School District, and how he would try to take BPS into the future.