Parenting

By - 2/8/16 - 10:13 am

Dr. Shirie Leng was more than a bit upset on reading the Globe story about how local hospitals are removing nurseries to force mothers to bond with their babies and make them breast feed their newborns. Leng, who has three children herself, writes:

Since we’ve already decided that women shouldn’t make choices about breast vs. bottle, abortion or childbirth, drinking or not drinking, let’s also take away their choice to not drown in the wonderful, horrible, crazy sea of new motherhood. Because we really can’t be trusted to choose the best way for ourselves and our children. ...

You know what promotes breastfeeding? Paid maternity leave. You know what promotes bonding? Paid maternity leave. You know what promotes good parenting skills? Paid maternity leave.

By - 2/3/16 - 11:54 pm

Boston school officials today formally introduced a proposed budget that would cut central services such as nurses and force high schools to do things like drop AP courses and librarians, but leave elementary schools largely unscathed. And they urged students and parents to lobby the state legislature to help increase state aid. Read more.

By - 2/3/16 - 6:31 pm

School Superintendent Tommy Chang made the announcement today, said BPS is working out arrangements to refund families who have already paid for trips. Among the trips canceled: Two to Nicaragua.

By - 2/2/16 - 6:19 pm

Boston Police report the boy, 3, rushed to the hospital from 23 Alpine St. Sunday night with traumatic injuries, died today.

Police did not announce any arrests in the case. The Herald reports his family was under DCF supervision, and that DCF has removed another child from the home.

By - 1/27/16 - 7:08 am

WBUR reports on the 6-4 vote by the state education board to make Dorchester Collegiate Academy shut down due to low test scores and high attrition rates.

About 20 stunned parents in bright yellow shirts with the DCA logo stormed out after the vote, many in tears.

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 - 1/21/16 - 1:09 pm

Boston Public Schools today announced that 70.7% of the 2015 class graduated. It's the system's highest number - and reflects a shrinking gap between the graduation rates of whites and blacks and Hispanics. Read more.

By - 1/17/16 - 9:55 am

With Boston booming, there's no real reason Boston schools are being ordered to make cuts that could mean teacher and program cuts, is there? There is if you look at it as one of the first steps in Mayor Walsh's long-term plan to completely reorganizes BPS and build a system with fewer, but bigger schools, Mike Freedberg writes:

Complete reorganization of Boston’s schools system is certainly Walsh’s goals, as it is the goal of the city’s employers and of many of the city’s school-kid parents. This cannot possibly be accomplished all at once. You can only reform an entrenched vested interest by chipping away at it, a little at a time. Walsh’s $ 50 million FY 2017 schools short-sheet looks like the first chip in his long term plan.

By - 1/14/16 - 11:55 pm
Berents-Weeramuni discusses the BPS budget

Berents-Weeramuni discusses the BPS budget.

They don't have $18 million in New York money, but some 300 pro-BPS residents and teachers said tonight they will run a robust campaign to protect Boston public schools by fighting proposals that would lift the cap on charter schools, meld charter and BPS enrollment systems and cut $50 million from the budget of the nation's oldest public-school system. Read more.

By - 1/4/16 - 4:03 pm
 Alexandra Oliver-Davila

Alexandra Oliver-Davila, executive director of Sociedad Latina, will be sworn in as a member of the Boston School Committee today.

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said: Read more.

By - 1/4/16 - 2:00 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the state can keep children away from a would-be foster couple who believe corporal punishment is part of their religious duty - even if they agree to limit the spanking to their natural children and not spank any foster children.

Gregory and Melanie Magazu of Fitchburg, who have two children of their own, sought to become foster and "pre-adoptive" parents in 2012, but were denied permission by the state Department of Children and Families because they said their Christian beliefs sometimes compelled them to spank their own children. Read more.

By - 12/19/15 - 10:14 am

Johnmcboston asks:

Looking for unique gift for 2yo. Any fun/toy/kid stores left in Boston? Or is Target all we have?

By - 12/14/15 - 4:40 pm

Merry Christmas!

Christmas……Don’t get caught up in the guilt of not having/spending enough $$$$$ for Presents and Gifts

If how much you spend, or buying what the persons “wants” determines your Merry Christmas....... stop, think about this; Materialism has bankrupted some people,
Some are on the way there, and some are recovering from it.

If anyone is not pleased with you changing your gift giving habits….. It’s on them.

By - 12/9/15 - 3:58 pm

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.

By - 12/7/15 - 6:42 am

Cambridge Day reports on a meeting between parents and Cambridge police and school officials over the repeated threats, which officials now say are "non-credible" and likely coming from one person, possibly even a student who doesn't like the amount of homework he's getting.

By - 11/25/15 - 1:59 pm

Earlier this month, we posted a photo of a stuffed bunny that had been left behind at Mistral in the South End.

Mistral reports today that, thanks to social-media postings, rabbit and owner are back together again - a friend of the family saw one of the photos and let the family know where to find the fuzzy critter.

By - 11/25/15 - 9:01 am

The Herald reports a kindergartner gathering leaves outside the Ellis School in Roxbury got jabbed twice in the palm by a needle somebody had left there.

In July, a girl was jabbed by a needle at a Hyde Park playground.

By - 11/21/15 - 10:02 am
Packing up coats at BPS in the Bolling Building in Dudley Square

Katherine and Jasmine, Simmons students, work to package coats. Photo by Eastie Strong.

Volunteers at the Bolling Building in Dudley Square are busy today packaging 8,200 new winter coats for distribution next week to BPS students who need them.

Operation Warm bought the coats with donations from BNY Mellon, Genzyme Corporation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, People’s United Community Foundation, the TD Charitable Foundation and a Boston-area philanthropist who wants to remain anonymous, according to BPS. Read more.

By - 11/20/15 - 1:20 pm
Grayson Phelan on set of North End movie

Jean Nagy captured Grayson Boomer in period costume in the North End today for Ben Affleck's movie.

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