Parenting

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.

By - 1/3/17 - 8:59 am
Missing bunny at Target in Braintree

If this stuffed bunny looks familiar, it's waiting for you at the Target at South Shore Plaza in Braintree.

H/t eeka.

By - 12/2/16 - 3:21 pm

Six students at West Roxbury Academy and Urban Science Academy were transported to a local hospital today after "exhibiting signs of illness," BPS says in a statement: Read more.

By - 11/26/16 - 10:27 am

WGBH reports Mayor Joe Curtatone says tackle football is too dangerous for kids; Pop Warner backers say it would be even worse if they started playing in high school with no training.

By - 11/21/16 - 6:59 pm

The Globe reports on a Nov. 3 incident on a BPS bus transporting students at the Boston Renaissance charter school in Hyde Park, in which a 6-year-old allegedly sexually assaulted another student repeatedly.

The school itself issued a statement: Read more:

By - 11/9/16 - 1:07 pm

This morning, Boston School Superintendent Tommy Chang tweeted:

Students, we ❤️ you. You are intelligent & beautiful. We are here for you today & always. Please share your feelings today.

UPDATE: BPS is offering counseling for "students who may be having a difficult time processing any fears or concerns they may have."

By - 10/17/16 - 11:40 pm

WBZ reports the carjacking happened tonight on Washington Street at West Walnut Park. The car was found about a block away, with the baby unharmed.

By - 10/16/16 - 11:21 pm
Mother, baby, father and trooper

New family and trooper doing fine. Photo by State Police.

State Police report a Framingham couple's baby couldn't wait - he was born in the tandem-trailer parking lot just past the Allston/Cambridge toll plaza at 7:35 p.m. Read more.

By - 10/14/16 - 9:07 am

WBUR reports why the city decided to move away from its K-8 model.

By - 10/10/16 - 11:50 am
Too many toys in Jamaica Plain playground

A concerned citizen files a complaint that well meaning JP parents have gotten out of hand with the tradition of leaving toys at the Brewer Street tot lot for other kids to play with:

Too many toys have been dumped at Brewers Playground. It was cute at first but now it's dangerous. Can't even walk without tripping over discarded and broken toys.