Parenting

By - 5/25/16 - 9:28 pm

Parents of students at Roslindale's Sumner School and people who work there have started a fundraiser to replace the playground equipment that somebody torched on Monday. Read more.

By - 5/18/16 - 1:50 pm

City Councilors want Boston to join the ranks of communities pushing back high-school start times to give sleep-deprived students a better jump on the day.

The council unanimously approved holding a hearing on the idea of starting high school as late as 8:30 a.m. Nearly half the city's high schools currently start at 7:20 or 7:30 a.m., councilors said. Read more.

By - 5/17/16 - 10:26 pm
Rally for Boston Public Schools in front of City Hall

Students rally. Photo by Greg Cook (who has more details on the protest).

For the second time this year, BPS students walked out of class for a protest against program cuts.

Fewer people joined this protest, but there were more than enough people to fill the City Council chambers during a regularly scheduled hearing on the budget for BPS's new "social emotional learning and wellness" program. Read more.

By - 5/16/16 - 7:35 am

The Herald reports on a possible BPS student walkout tomorrow afternoon that will culminate with a 2 p.m. City Hall hearing on the school budget led by Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), chairman of the City Council's Education Committee. Mayor Walsh is not amused.

Earlier:
Hundreds of BPS students walk out to protest school budget cuts.

By - 5/12/16 - 1:50 am

Kevin Murray, a member of Quality Education for Every Student, questions the findings of an outside audit by McKinsey of facilities and capacity in the Boston Public Schools. The interview for BNN News by Chris Lovett, aired May 5, 2016.

By - 5/10/16 - 12:51 pm

Workers today began tearing down the old playground at Fallon Field at South and Walworth streets so they can replace it with a $910,000 upgrade that will include Roslindale's first spray area - and one of the longest slides at any playground in the Boston area, thanks to a design that incorporates the hill the playground sits atop. Read more.

By - 5/8/16 - 4:05 pm

Boston Public Schools will hold an "information session" Monday evening about the issue of lead in school water fountains.

The meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the School Committee chambers at the Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St. in Roxbury, will be open to the media. Read more.

By - 5/6/16 - 3:43 pm

The Globe posts a letter from 12 city councilors who say they are outraged over the news that kids at some schools may have taken drinks from water fountains with unacceptably high lead levels. Read more.

By - 5/5/16 - 2:18 pm

This just in from School Superintendent Tommy Chang on the news that students at four schools may have drunk water from bubblers with higher than allowed lead levels: Read more.

By - 5/5/16 - 7:42 am

WBZ reports workers turned on fountains at the Lee and Mather schools in Dorchester, the Curley school in Jamaica Plain and Another Course to College in Brighton by mistake and that students may have drunk from them before they were shut off again because of elevated lead levels.

Parents are not amused:

[A BPS administrator] met with staff on January 29th to discuss the water situation. But didn’t notify school families until February 12th. In addition, the families were told not to worry, there were no health risks associated with the elevated levels. BPS was just being proactive by turning off those fountains. If she knew about the issues at the Mather, why did she not include it in last week’s count of schools impacted by elevated levels of lead.

By - 4/29/16 - 10:56 am

An outside audit of Boston Public Schools concludes the system needs to close and sell off between 30 and 50 of its 125 schools and make a wide range of staffing changes to balance its books and get BPS back on track towards bringing test scores up.

The report, by McKinsey and Co., was actually completed a year ago, but largely kept under wraps by the city and BPS. Quality Education for Every Student (QUEST), a BPS parent group, obtained a copy through a public-records request this month and posted a copy online this week. Read more.

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 - 4/8/16 - 10:03 am

The Globe reports angry, booing, hissing adults disrupted a forum on prejudice in the city, led by a long-time local Angry Man who used the session to repeat his accusations that Newton schools are anti-Israel and anti-Semitic. Read more.

By - 4/1/16 - 7:26 am

Stanley Staco reports an alert Red Line worker found a partially undressed boy, about 6, near the JFK/UMass station in Dorchester around 3:30 a.m.

A car came off I-93, pulled over on Columbia Rd, child exited then car hopped back onda the highway & left.

By - 3/24/16 - 11:40 am

Education is not something that can be neglected. Especially in a world, where 30% of students are unable to enroll into the college due to insufficient amount of knowledge. It seems, like the government does not care about younger generation. Read more.

By - 3/23/16 - 9:59 pm

School Superintendent Tommy Chang said tonight that any changes to the BPS calendar wouldn't happen until at least the 2017-2018 school year, if not later - or if at all. Read more.

By - 3/23/16 - 1:16 pm

Your kid sucks and will never be an artist, the Globe art critic grumps today. Maybe tomorrow Shaughnessy can tell you how your kid sucks and will never be a major-league baseball player. And then Shirley Leung can explain how your kid sucks and will never be a corporate CEO.

By - 3/23/16 - 9:00 am

Recently I've sound a site, where it is described, how to use LEGO to teach kids about simple math. You can even learn multiplying and division with those small plastic bricks. How awesome is that?
I believe, that LEGO is a great education tool. And it is great, that teachers throughout the country understand that as well.

By - 3/22/16 - 6:44 pm

The Globe reports School Superintendent Tommy Chang wants to start school before Labor Day and make Boston the first community in the state to get rid of February vacation.

This would let BPS have a longer Christmas break, so students with relatives overseas could have more time to spend with families abroad - something not sitting well with people who couldn't afford to fly abroad even if they did have family there.