Parenting

By - 3/23/15 - 2:58 pm

City Councilors Tim McCarthy (Hyde Park, Roslindale, Mattapan) and Michelle Wu (at large) - who recently had a son - want to let city employees who have kids take time off with pay.

Under their proposal::

During the leave period, the employee shall be paid 100 percent of her or his base wages for the first two weeks, 75 percent of his or her base

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By - 3/21/15 - 9:22 am

The Globe reports the announcement.

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough had originally included the school, housed in the former West Roxbury High School, in a list of schools to shut to close a budget gap.

By - 3/19/15 - 2:41 pm

CommonWealth Magazine ponders a Boston with a continuing decline in the pre-18 set.

Boston is becoming not only a city without young people to shovel snow for those of us with arthritic hands and bad backs, but also a city which has a strikingly reduced number of young people participating in Little League, youth hockey, scout groups, and all of those other bedrock institutions

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By - 3/16/15 - 9:35 am

The Globe reports one way BPS plans to save money is by reducing options for school breakfasts and lunches - and that some mornings, kids will be given a bowl of Cocoa Puffs and some fruit or they can just go hungry.

By - 3/10/15 - 7:39 am

Jamaicaplainiac ponders the news that some high-priced lawyers are looking at a civil-rights lawsuit to force the state to end its cap on charter schools, decides to look at some enrollment and test numbers in Boston and comes to somewhat different conclusions:

If the contention of the potential lawsuit is that charter schools are so much better than district schools that it’s a

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By - 3/9/15 - 9:58 am
Proposed spray deck at Fallon Field

City parks officials and a design firm last week showed off renovation plans for the Fallon Field playground that would include Roslindale's first playground spray deck and a "secret garden" in a layout that spreads across two levels on the park's hillside.

Roslindale Wants to Play has more details on the proposal and some thoughts on making it even better.

The site is... Read more

By - 3/3/15 - 9:01 pm
Tommy Chang

The School Committee tonight selected Tommy Chang, who currently oversees a system of 95,000 students in the Los Angeles school district, as Boston's next school superintendent.

The vote was 5-2 for Chang, 39, over Pedro Martinez, a Nevada state education official and former superintendent there. Guadalupe Guerrero, a San Francisco school official who spent six years as a principal at Dorchester's Devers School, did... Read more

By - 3/2/15 - 11:15 am
West Roxbury Academy protest sign

West Roxbury Academy students plan a protest outside City Hall tomorrow over BPS plans to shut their school and send them somewhere else in the system.

A T rider forwarded photos of fliers posted on the wall on the outbound Orange Line platform at State Street this morning calling for the protest between 4 and 6 p.m. outside City Hall.

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough... Read more

By - 2/28/15 - 1:56 pm
West Roxbury Education Complex

West Roxbury Academy, in the West Roxbury Education Complex, slated for closure.

Interim Boston School Superintendent John McDonough last night released the names of the five schools he says need to be shut this year to save money: Community Academy in Jamaica Plain, Middle School Academy in South Boston, Rogers Middle School in Hyde Park, Elihu Greenwood Leadership Academy in Hyde Park and West Roxbury Academy.

BPS says that with a $40 million to $50 million shortfall... Read more

By - 2/26/15 - 8:28 pm

WGBH reports, adds there are questions about the status of finalist Guadalupe Guerrero's doctoral work at Harvard.

By - 2/26/15 - 4:22 pm
Martinez

Pedro Martinez, currently a state education administrator in Nevada, said he was initially reluctant to apply for the superintendent's job in Boston because the city's school system has such a good reputation nationally that he didn't know what he could really add to it.

He recalled going to educational seminars at Harvard in the early part of the 2000s and being so impressed by BPS... Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 4:28 pm
Dana Bedden

Barely a year ago, Dana Bedden signed a contract with Richmond, VA to become its school superintendent through June, 2017. But next Tuesday, the Boston School Committee could vote to recommend Mayor Walsh hire him to lead Boston schools.

At an interview today, School Committee member Meg Campbell was blunt: How do we know that Bedden wouldn't turn around and do the same thing to... Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 1:25 pm

Parents in Richmond, Va., are signing a petition to convince their current school superintendent, Dana Bedden from moving to Boston if he's offered the superintendent's job here.

Bedden, being interviewed in Boston today, is one of four finalists for the job left vacant when Carol Johnson left in 2013. The School Committee expects to pick one of the four on March 3 for consideration... Read more

By - 2/23/15 - 5:35 pm
Guerrero

At least one candidate for Boston school superintendent already knows how challenging BPS can be: Starting in 2002, he spent six years as principal of the chronically underperforming Dever School on Columbia Point.

In an interview with School Committee members today, Guadalupe Guerrero said his experiences - both good and bad - helped shape the way he took on his next job as an... Read more

By - 2/21/15 - 11:00 am

Scraping by in Boston is a blog by, well, somebody who was already scraping by when we got hit by all the business-closing snow:

We don't have sick time or vacation days, so we don't get paid if we can't come in due to illness, snow, transit being shut down, job being closed for the day, or needing to care for a child. We

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By - 2/19/15 - 3:26 pm

A superintendent search committee today recommended four candidates to the School Committee and Mayor Walsh; none from either Boston or Massachusetts:

Dana Bedden, currently superintendent in Richmond, VA; Tommy Chang, currently instructional superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified School District's Intensive Support & Innovation Center; Guadalupe Guerrero, deputy superintendent of instruction, innovation and social justice for the San Francisco Unified School District;... Read more

By - 2/4/15 - 7:15 pm

The Globe reports interim School Superintendent John McDonough will name the specific schools within two weeks.

McDonough is forecasting a budget deficit of between $48 million and $51 million over the coming fiscal year - at least $5 million of which can be attributed to the recent contract agreement with teachers to add 40 minutes to the school day at 20 elementary schools. He... Read more

By - 2/2/15 - 4:41 pm

UPDATE: No, they can't - Mayor Walsh just postponed the parade to Wednesday.

Just got The Call again: No school on Tuesday in BPSville.

So kids can go root on the Patriots on Boylston or Tremont. But let's make it a learning experience: Kids, do you know the warning signs of frostbite?... Read more

By - 1/28/15 - 6:46 pm

We got The Call this evening. Kidlet's response: A quiet "Yeah!"

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said:

This is a public safety issue. I am confident that our roads are safe and drivable, and that our schools will be clear by tomorrow morning. But, I have grave concerns about the status of our sidewalks and the well-being of students walking to and from their bus

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By - 1/27/15 - 5:47 pm

Gov. Baker said he's lifting the eastern-Massachusetts driving ban at midnight, but Mayor Walsh said that doesn't mean everybody should go out and release their pent-up driving urges. He said he's keeping the ban on parking on key roads "until further notice:"

Boston is still in the middle of a winter storm of historic proportions. People should only be driving under emergency circumstances. We are

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