Parenting

By - 5/9/17 - 9:34 am

In a victory for an anti-affirmative action group suing Harvard, a federal judge this morning ordered Boston Latin School to produce all data and "all internal communications" related to any concerns at BLS about the racial composition of Harvard's admission policies - and to have one of its officials made available to discuss the issue under oath. Read more.

By - 5/7/17 - 5:16 pm

Emma reports some kids set up a lemonade stand this afternoon on Warren Avenue, behind the BCA, where they were selling re-purposed Brisk - for $10 a pop. She did not buy a glass.

By - 5/7/17 - 10:18 am

Ed Siegel reviews the contretemps over a nude scene in a Boston Children's Theatre production.

By - 4/28/17 - 12:12 pm
Arlington police chief honors local boy for turning money in

Police Chief Frederick Ryan, Jasper and Erik Dopman

Arlington Police are praising a local 6-year-old whom they say found and turned in a bag containing $2,000 in cash and deposit slips from a local chain of Mexican restaurants. Read more.

By - 4/23/17 - 8:13 pm

WBZ reports first responders used CPR and a defibrillator to revive him before rushing him to Mass. General from Ryan Playground.

By - 4/11/17 - 1:15 pm
Questions most todllers can't process, in the Back Bay

J. Goddell spotted these questions laboriously scrawled inside a piece of equipment at the playground for little kids along the Esplanade by Mass. Ave. today, wonders if the author has ever actually met any toddlers.

By - 3/31/17 - 9:19 am
Man in pink Power Ranger suit on the Green Line

Meri Persisted captured a man taking his daughter somewhere on the Green Line this morning.

Expect to see lots of stuff like this on the Green Line and around the Hynes this weekend: Anime Boston is here.

By - 3/30/17 - 8:25 pm
Man from China in Boston long ago

Over at Boston Chinatown Blog, Adam Cheung reports he was recently contacted by somebody in Asia seeking any leads on the whereabouts of his father, who, the last he knew, was living in Boston and working at a company called Four Seas. The man would be 81 this year.

By - 3/29/17 - 11:07 am
Genius, Asian egg donor sought at MIT - ad in the MIT Tech

A friend couldn't help but notice this ad in the March 23 issue of MIT's student paper, the Tech.

By - 3/25/17 - 2:31 pm
Slime supplies at Dedham Staples

The Dedham Staples has all your essential slime supplies. But kids, make sure to wear gloves, unless you want to get third-degree burns and wind up on Channel 5.

By - 3/23/17 - 1:31 pm
Skerritt

School Superintendent Tommy Chang announced today he's chosen Rachel Skerritt as Boston Latin School headmaster.

Skerritt, a Dorchester native and BLS graduate, is currently deputy chief of leadership development for the District of Columbia Public Schools. Read more.

By - 3/18/17 - 2:13 pm
Roslindale pop-up ball run

Roslindale Wants to Play and Roslindale Village Main Street have turned the long abandoned Select Cafe on Belgrade Avenue into a pop-up Build Zone where kids (and, shh, adults) can create "ball runs" tomorrow and next Saturday. Read more.

By - 3/9/17 - 9:10 am

City councilors yesterday urged the School Committee to declare a formal "sanctuary school" policy that would prohibit ICE agents from entering BPS schools and facilities without "explicit permission" from both the school superintendent and the Suffolk County district attorney. Read more.

By - 2/24/17 - 11:02 am

Roslindale Wants to Play reports work could begin this spring on a major revamp to the Healy Field playground that will include a "play" brook and splash pool. Read more.

By - 2/22/17 - 10:43 am

Kristin Johnson runs the numbers on the proposed BPS budget for the coming school year, finds that "49 schools are losing a total of $11.47 million [in funding]" under a BPS budget released earlier this month.

The cuts are related in part to declining enrollment at the schools, but they also mean some schools would lose positions - such as librarians - that threaten their accreditation and possibly accelerate their downward spirals, she writes.

By - 2/9/17 - 1:11 pm

Mayor Walsh just announced that BPS schools will be closed tomorrow. "I'd rather be safe with our kids than not," he said.

By - 2/8/17 - 3:38 pm

BPS has just canceled school for Thursday.

By - 1/28/17 - 1:31 pm

A BPS parent forwards a message BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang - himself an immigrant - is sending to parents:

Dear Boston Public Schools Community,

We want all of our families and staff to know that we will continue to stand up for all of our students and families, regardless of their immigration status. We will welcome and teach every single student who enters our classroom. Diversity and inclusion are at the core of our values as a school system and as a city. We are a "Culture of We," and we are one BPS family.

We will work with famlies to help students remain focused on learning, both academically and emotionally, especially during these uncertain times. As Mayor Martin J. Walsh said yesterday, we will not retreat one inch from welcoming diverse, global communities into Boston because they make us stronger.

By - 1/25/17 - 1:45 pm

At-large Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George says she's had enough with suburban parents who try to sneak their kids into Boston public schools - and no longer just the exam schools, but even pre-school, inclusion and special-ed programs.

At-large Councilor Michael Flaherty, meanwhile, is venting similar ire against suburbanites - and even people from New Hampshire - who use "mattress addresses" to get on the civil-service lists for jobs as Boston police officers and firefighters. Read more.

By - 1/13/17 - 4:54 pm

A school-bus driver and a motorist got into a "negative verbal interaction" shortly before dismissal at the Eliot School on Charter Street yesterday that required a police officer to break up, according to a note the school sent to parents today. Read more.