Boston Latin School

By - 4/28/16 - 12:16 pm

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."

By - 4/24/16 - 11:43 am

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."

By - 3/23/16 - 11:49 am
Longwood Avenue shut down

A normally bustling Longwood Avenue shut down, people ordered to other side. Photo by Matt Colvin.

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.

By - 3/4/16 - 2:15 pm

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.

By - 3/2/16 - 5:46 pm
Ortiz

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced today her office will investigate allegations of civil-rights violations at Boston Latin School. In a statement, she said: Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 2:09 pm

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.

By - 2/26/16 - 11:02 am

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."

By - 2/24/16 - 7:09 pm

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.

By - 2/23/16 - 5:14 pm

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.

By - 2/22/16 - 6:20 am

The Globe reports the group wasn't satisfied with last week's report.

By - 2/18/16 - 7:29 pm

Boston Public Schools tonight released a summary of a review of how Boston Latin School dealt with seven incidents of racism between November, 2014 and last month: Read more.

By - 1/26/16 - 10:37 am

Boston Latin School will develop "required educational opportunities for students that include space for critical dialogue on issues of race" as school administrators react to complaints from black students about everything from microaggressions to outright racism, Head Master Lynne Mooney Teta wrote BLS students, faculty, parents and alumni yesterday.

In a lengthy note, Head Master Lynne Mooney Teta outlined a series of other steps the school is taking following meetings with the black students who last week launched a Black at BLS protest. Read more.

By - 1/25/16 - 1:31 pm

The Herald reports Mayor Walsh is vowing an in-depth probe at race relations in the Boston Public Schools system following last week's Black at BLS campaign by black students at Boston Latin School.

By - 1/23/16 - 11:53 am

Yesterday, Jim Montague, head of the guidance department at Boston Latin School, sent the following to parents about the press coverage of the Black at BLS protest and Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta. It's posted here with his permission. Read more.

By - 1/21/16 - 7:28 pm

In response to the Black at BLS protest, Boston Latin School Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta sent out the following e-mail this afternoon: Read more.

By - 1/20/16 - 7:57 am

Black students at Boston Latin School have started a campaign against the racism they say persists at the nation's oldest public schools.

In a YouTube video, organizers Kylie Webster Cazeau and Meggie Noel pointed to examples that range from the annoying to the infuriating - and urge other students to post examples under the hashtag #blackatbls:

Read more.

By - 1/19/16 - 6:48 pm

A tradition at Boston Latin School is the sale of carnations on Valentine's Day with a little saying attached. One of this year's proposals:

Are you a colony? Because you're my Massachusetts bae.

By - 11/16/15 - 7:26 pm

Boston Police beefed up patrols at the normally quiet Boston Latin School today after school officials reported a bomb threat targeted at the school online.

School Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta robo-called parents this evening to let them know about the bomb threat - and that a police investigation found it not credible.

By - 11/4/15 - 9:08 pm
Roger Cawdette sets up for Boston Latin School in soccer match.

Roger Cawdette (18) has the ball for the BLS Wolfpack.

The Boston Latin School Wolfpack beat the Gloucester Fishermen 3-0 tonight in the preliminary round of the MIAA Boys Soccer North Division 2, in a match played on the new field at the West Roxbury Education Complex. Read more.

By - 6/5/15 - 3:54 pm

A men's room fire sent Boston Latin students and staffers outside just before first-period classes around 7:52 a.m. today.

The Boston Fire Department reports the cause of the fire - extinguished by school workers before firefighters arrived - is under investigation. A BPS spokesperson says the school was evacuated for about 20 minutes.