The Boston City Council today agreed to hold at least one hearing to try to figure out how to make Madison Park the sort of vocational school that educators from other cities would want to visit to learn how it does things. Read more.
Madison Park High School
BPS officials reported today that state education officials have dropped Madison Park High School to the second-worst "accountability" results for 2015, which means the state considers it "underperforming."
But BPS officials says there's a glimmer of hope in the new Level 4 designation for the city's only vocational school: Read more.
The School Committee could vote to require students to meet certain standards to get into the city's only vocational high school.
At a meeting tonight, the school's executive director, Kevin McCaskill, submitted a proposal that students be required to submit a recommendation from a guidance counselor or teacher and be ranked on their middle-school academic and disciplinary records. Read more.
Diane Ross Gary, Madison Park headmaster, submitted her resignation Friday after a week of turmoil at the school over a major class-schedule mess - and after interim Superintendent John McDonough learned she had never submitted the paperwork to be certified as a headmaster in Massachusetts, to which she had moved from Connecticut to lead Madison Park in 2013.
Interim School Superintendent John McDonough said the scheduling screwup that left Madison Park High School students without any classes for four days is fixed for now but is only "the tip of the iceberg" of problems at the city's only vocational school.
After hearing School Committee members calling the problem inexcusable - member Meg Campbell said it never would have happened at Boston Latin School - McDonough expressed frustration with unspecified forces he said are blocking him at every turn from implementing a plan developed this past spring to bootstrap the school.
If BPS officials are trying to convince the state to take Madison Park High School off their hands, they're doing an excellent job of it: Students walked out of school in a protest today because four days after the start of their school year, the school has yet to assign them to any classes.
The Dorchester Reporter interviewed the student who organized the protest.
The Bay State Banner reports on a staffing issue at Madison Park High School.
School officials traveled to Madison Park High School in Roxbury today to put teachers, administrators and students that this time they're serious about turning the school around - through an emergency "intervention team" to be assembled to figure out why an earlier "innovation plan" has failed.
Mandela's speech at Harvard in 1998:
RIP, Nelson Mandela, 1918-2013.
The Environmental League of Massachusetts Action Fund wants the two remaining candidates to pull a Walczak and do something to protect the city from rising seas.
Connolly yesterday called for a law-enforcement track at Madison Park High School that would include law-enforcement related classes and BPD internships - and the return of a post-high-school cadet program that was eliminated in 2010:
Madison Park, the city's only vocational high school, hasn't gotten the improvements the mayor and the school superintendent promised, the Globe reports.