Boston Latin School
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.
Some 100 Boston Latin School parents and alumni - and some students - rallied on the steps of the school this morning to show their support for Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and Assistant Headmaster Malcolm Flynn - and to demand a seat at the table for discussions on selecting the next headmaster at the exam school. 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.
The Dig takes a look at the treatment of special-ed kids at Boston Latin School, through the lens of one student whose disciplinary record school officials said they would scrub if she transferred immediately to another school.
Boston Latin School students walked into school today to find hallways lined with charcoal drawings of all 410 or so graduating seniors on their last full day of school. Philip Sossou of Roslindale started working on the drawings in February.
Video of more of the drawings: Read more.
Ed. note: I've changed the headline on this post. Although it sounds like a good bet the kids in question were BLS students - they got off the same train that BLS students take - as people have noted in the comments, there is a chance they could go to some other school.
So many Boston Latin School students who live in Roslindale and West Roxbury board the 3 p.m. Needham train at Ruggles that the train's conductor sets aside two cars just for them.
This afternoon, an Asian-American BLS student who lives in West Roxbury got off the train, as she does most days, at the Lagrange Street stop. She reports what happened as she walked down Dent Street: Read more.
Boston Public Schools yesterday announced an expanded number of seats in a program aimed helping students get ready for the ISEE test that helps determine who gets to go to the city's three exam schools - from 450 to 750.
Using money from both the Boston Latin School Association and an unnamed foundation started by Mayor Walsh, the expanded effort will also include outreach aimed specifically at "Boston students who attend public schools that have been traditionally under-represented in the Exam School Initiative program."
The Globe points out, again, that the city's premier exam school is mostly white and Asian in a city where kids are mostly black and Hispanic. But this time, the Globe looks at some of the reasons, including that a program started to help black and Latino students prepare for the entrance exam has increasingly become a resource for well off white kids
"If you are going to get disadvantaged kids into the exam school," said [a woman who runs an ISEE test-prep center in West Roxbury], "you need to stop subsidizing free ISEE test prep for people who are going away to Europe in the summer and live in condos [worth] over half a million dollars."
UPDATE: Suspicious package found at Harvard Medical School building; partial evacuation called around 12:45 p.m.
Police emptied MCPHS University and MassArt buildings at Longwood Avenue near Huntington and put the nearby Boston Latin School in "safe mode" around 11:30 a.m. as the bomb squad investigated a suspicious package inside.
Shortly after 11:50 a.m., bomb technicians determined the package was not harmful. The university began letting students back in and Boston Latin came out of safe mode.
The scene on Palace Road (photo by Kyle): Read more.
Albert Holland, who came out of retirement to help steady Madison Park when it fell apart on the very first day of school two years ago, is coming out of retirement again, this time to help Boston Latin School to create "a more inclusive and respectful school culture and helping faculty address issues of racism and bias," BPS announced today.
In a statement, School Superintendent Tommy Chang said: Read more.
Several city councilors say they're hearing of too many cases of suburban parents who have managed to sneak their kids into Boston public schools - and they want that to stop. Read more.
There can be only one? Not when it comes to having the exclusive first interview with Boston Latin School Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta, apparently. Both the Globe and the Herald have interviews up with Boston Latin School Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta. Both claim theirs is the first since the start of the Black at BLS protest.
Also neither noted her choice of purple for her outfit, but maybe only people associated with the school somehow would notice that.
But where the Globe just reported what she said, the Herald found her "evasive." In fact, its headline is: "Boston Latin headmaster ducks questions in first interview."
School Committee Chairman Michael O'Neill says BPS should give every student who wants to attend free test-prep classes to help them get ready for the ISEE test that is one of the two criteria for getting into the city's three exam schools, as part of the overall move towards dealing with racial disparities at Boston Latin School. Read more.
Boy, that escalated quickly. The Herald posts an open letter from the head of the local NAACP to parents supporting BLS headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta, in which he accuses them of perpetuating an apartheid system in Boston's premier public school.
UPDATE: Mooney Teta sends memo of "deep regret" to students, parents, alumni. Copy in the comments.
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