Mayor Walsh just announced that BPS schools will be closed tomorrow. "I'd rather be safe with our kids than not," he said.
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.
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.
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.
If this stuffed bunny looks familiar, it's waiting for you at the Target at South Shore Plaza in Braintree.
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.
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.
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."
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.
WBUR reports why the city decided to move away from its K-8 model.
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.
Yes, it's come to this: Boston Public Schools today sent messages to parents that clowns are not a menace in Boston: Read more.
The Boston School Committee voted unanimously tonight to urge a no vote on Question 2, which would expand the number of charter schools in Massachusetts.
Boston school officials first began pondering a no vote in July out of concern over the impact of the loss in state aid that could come if students move to new charter schools.
Three Massachusetts pediatricians and groups representing pediatricians across the state and the country say the FDA is dragging its feet complying with a 2009 federal law requiring cigarette makers put graphic images of the effects of smoking on their products - and are hoping a lawsuit might spur some action. Read more.
Boston’s South Shore is home to two varieties of money mysteries. There’s a big, almost unsolvable whodunit. Then there are thousands of smaller cliffhangers easily solved if the gumshoes kept the legwork simple.
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