UPDATE: Boston Latin Academy also dropped to Level 2 because of the number of kids who opted out. BPS to appeal the downgrades.
The Herald reports Mayor Walsh is outraged over the state ranking system because, come on, Boston Latin is still an elite school even if the state now considers it just Level 2 instead of Level 1 because too many kids opted out of a pilot run of the new PARCC test (the Clap School also got hit).
In immediate terms, we don't have to worry about the state beginning to babble about taking over BLS (that only happens when a school descends to Level 4), but it does mean BLS and the Clap now get on a state naughty list.
Even as we still try to tame our human drivers, Boston will begin planning for cars that drive themselves - in a year-long effort that will include figuring out how to test "autonomous" cars on our centuries-old roads. Read more.
The Boston City Council today approved a proposal by Mayor Walsh to force restaurants and food trucks to post letter grades for their health inspections, 10-1.
City Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury) voted against the proposal, saying the city was rushing into the idea too fast. Read more.
Mayor Walsh's office reports a new law signed by Gov. Baker this week will let Boston reduce its default speed limit on most roads to 25 m.p.h. - and that he plans to work with the DPW and the city council to do that as speedily as possible. Read more.
Mayor Walsh is asking the City Council to approve a city ordinance that would require Boston restaurants and food trucks to prominently place a sign with a letter grade corresponding to the results of their most recent health inspections. Read more.
Mayor Walsh talked at a prayer service at the Good Shepherd Church of God in Christ in Roxbury:
Tonight, we pray for victims and their families in Louisiana, in Minnesota, and in Dallas, Texas.
And I join with you in praying that the appropriate authorities will bring true justice in all of these situations.
But I want to start by acknowledging the hurt and the fear people are feeling in Boston.
I want to recognize the trauma in this city and this church. ...
The recent issues at BLS being reported by the media are indicators of a larger problem within the City of Boston, and it's time for constituents of Boston's legislators and officials to hold those truly responsible accountable for their inaction.
The Herald reports longtime political fixer Michael Goldman is now "troubleshooting the media" for the mayor when they cover the ongoing Boston Latin School issue. City Hall and the Bolling Building both insist, however, that Goldman has absolutely no access to confidential records, so we guess we'll just need to keep speculating on who might have leaked confidential student disciplinary information to the Globe on Friday.
BPS says it will appoint an interim headmaster for Boston Latin School next week as officials begin what they say is a national effort to find a replacement for Lynne Mooney Teta, who resigned this week.
Meanwhile, BPS has yet to say publicly what process it will use to replace Nicole Gittens, who is resigning as headmaster at the O'Bryant School.
In a letter to Boston Latin students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents ... Read more.
Peter Kadzis basically livetweeted an angry meeting of Mayor Walsh, Superintendent Tommy Chang and BLS teachers. Teachers demanded Walsh and Chang refuse resignations from Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and Assistant Headmaster Malcolm Flynn, Walsh got mad, Chang told teachers not to pull that sort of thing in front of the media but they did anyway.
Mayor Walsh's office said today it's setting up permanent City Hall outlets in Boston neighborhoods, starting tomorrow at the Tobin Community Center on Mission Hill. Read more.
Mayor Walsh today annnounced a ten-year program, called Boston Creates, to "weave arts and culture into the fabric of everyday life" in the city.
The city will set aside money each year for public art projects - 1% of each year's spending on capital projects. One of the first areas to benefit will be Hyde Square in Jamaica Plain, where the city Public Works Department will spend $100,000 on public art to go along with a planned road upgrade. Read more.
Officials from the Huntington Theatre, the company that now owns its building and the city announced a deal today in which the theater company will stay in what's now called the BU Theatre on Huntington Avenue and the owner will redevelop the space around it. Read more.
Mayor Walsh today announced a $7.5 million loan fund to help "investor owners" buy multi-family units - with the condition they maintain at least 40% of the units as "affordable" for 50 years. Read more.
For the second time this year, BPS students walked out of class for a protest against program cuts.
Fewer people joined this protest, but there were more than enough people to fill the City Council chambers during a regularly scheduled hearing on the budget for BPS's new "social emotional learning and wellness" program. Read more.
The Herald reports on a possible BPS student walkout tomorrow afternoon that will culminate with a 2 p.m. City Hall hearing on the school budget led by Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), chairman of the City Council's Education Committee. Mayor Walsh is not amused.
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