Parenting

By - 7/20/16 - 8:48 pm

In September, the Boston School Committee will debate whether to oppose a ballot question that would lift the state's cap on new charter schools. Read more.

By - 6/26/16 - 3:04 pm
Adriel, found alone at a playground

UPDATE: WCVB reports police have found the parents but add the child remains in DCF care.

Boston Police are seeking the public's help to find the parents or guardians of Adriel, a boy believed to be two or three who was found alone at Ryan Playground, 310 River St. in Mattapan around 6:30 p.m. yesterday. Read more.

By - 6/26/16 - 1:18 pm
Double-wide stroller on Dwight Street

Double-wide on Dwight Street.

A fed-up citizen strolled down Dwight Street this morning and filed separate 311 complaints about strollers parked on the sidewalk and locked to railings at 4, 7, 25 and 35 Dwight and demanded the city "ticket and remove" them.

By - 6/25/16 - 12:23 pm

Updated with statement from Superintendent Tommy Chang that nope, he didn't leak the info to the Globe.

Mayor Walsh follows up on the Friday news-dump leak about a 2015 incident at Boston Latin School with a statement that no, he doesn't want to tear down the historic exam school: Read more.

By - 6/24/16 - 6:47 pm

BPS says it will appoint an interim headmaster for Boston Latin School next week as officials begin what they say is a national effort to find a replacement for Lynne Mooney Teta, who resigned this week.

Meanwhile, BPS has yet to say publicly what process it will use to replace Nicole Gittens, who is resigning as headmaster at the O'Bryant School.

In a letter to Boston Latin students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents ... Read more.

By - 6/21/16 - 8:29 am

TV reporters and their crews are lined up along Beacon Street in Washington Square this morning to report on a tuberculosis case confirmed at Tiny World Child Care, 1613 Beacon St.

By - 6/13/16 - 2:12 pm

Roslindale Wants to Play reports that Pagel Playground, which currently consists of two fields, will be getting an unusual play structure, one of only three of its kind in the entire country.

By - 6/3/16 - 11:13 am

The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Oswalt Millien of Woburn, saying his original lawyer screwed up by not finding a medical witness to counter prosecution claims that the only way his six-month-old daughter got serious brain injuries in 2009 was by him shaking her violently.

Millien was convicted and sentenced to four to five years in prison.

It's not that Millien's lawyer didn't know of experts who could back up Millien's argument that the infant hit her head on the floor when she fell off a couch, but that Millien's father, who was paying him, couldn't afford the cost of hiring one. Read more.

By - 6/2/16 - 11:51 pm

Boston Police have released photos of somebody they say needs to pick on somebody her own size. Read more.

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.