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By - 2/26/15 - 4:22 pm
Martinez

Pedro Martinez, currently a state education administrator in Nevada, said he was initially reluctant to apply for the superintendent's job in Boston because the city's school system has such a good reputation nationally that he didn't know what he could really add to it.

He recalled going to educational seminars at Harvard in the early part of the 2000s and being so impressed by BPS...Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 4:28 pm
Dana Bedden

Barely a year ago, Dana Bedden signed a contract with Richmond, VA to become its school superintendent through June, 2017. But next Tuesday, the Boston School Committee could vote to recommend Mayor Walsh hire him to lead Boston schools.

At an interview today, School Committee member Meg Campbell was blunt: How do we know that Bedden wouldn't turn around and do the same thing to...Read more

By - 2/25/15 - 1:25 pm

Parents in Richmond, Va., are signing a petition to convince their current school superintendent, Dana Bedden from moving to Boston if he's offered the superintendent's job here.

Bedden, being interviewed in Boston today, is one of four finalists for the job left vacant when Carol Johnson left in 2013. The School Committee expects to pick one of the four on March 3 for consideration...Read more

By - 2/23/15 - 5:35 pm
Guerrero

At least one candidate for Boston school superintendent already knows how challenging BPS can be: Starting in 2002, he spent six years as principal of the chronically underperforming Dever School on Columbia Point.

In an interview with School Committee members today, Guadalupe Guerrero said his experiences - both good and bad - helped shape the way he took on his next job as an...Read more

By - 2/21/15 - 11:00 am

Scraping by in Boston is a blog by, well, somebody who was already scraping by when we got hit by all the business-closing snow:

We don't have sick time or vacation days, so we don't get paid if we can't come in due to illness, snow, transit being shut down, job being closed for the day, or needing to care for a child. We

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By - 2/19/15 - 3:26 pm

A superintendent search committee today recommended four candidates to the School Committee and Mayor Walsh; none from either Boston or Massachusetts:

Dana Bedden, currently superintendent in Richmond, VA; Tommy Chang, currently instructional superintendent for the Los Angeles Unified School District's Intensive Support & Innovation Center; Guadalupe Guerrero, deputy superintendent of instruction, innovation and social justice for the San Francisco Unified School District;...Read more

By - 2/4/15 - 7:15 pm

The Globe reports interim School Superintendent John McDonough will name the specific schools within two weeks.

McDonough is forecasting a budget deficit of between $48 million and $51 million over the coming fiscal year - at least $5 million of which can be attributed to the recent contract agreement with teachers to add 40 minutes to the school day at 20 elementary schools. He...Read more

By - 2/2/15 - 4:41 pm

UPDATE: No, they can't - Mayor Walsh just postponed the parade to Wednesday.

Just got The Call again: No school on Tuesday in BPSville.

So kids can go root on the Patriots on Boylston or Tremont. But let's make it a learning experience: Kids, do you know the warning signs of frostbite?...Read more

By - 1/28/15 - 6:46 pm

We got The Call this evening. Kidlet's response: A quiet "Yeah!"

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said:

This is a public safety issue. I am confident that our roads are safe and drivable, and that our schools will be clear by tomorrow morning. But, I have grave concerns about the status of our sidewalks and the well-being of students walking to and from their bus

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By - 1/27/15 - 5:47 pm

Gov. Baker said he's lifting the eastern-Massachusetts driving ban at midnight, but Mayor Walsh said that doesn't mean everybody should go out and release their pent-up driving urges. He said he's keeping the ban on parking on key roads "until further notice:"

Boston is still in the middle of a winter storm of historic proportions. People should only be driving under emergency circumstances. We are

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By - 1/13/15 - 8:06 pm

In his State of the City address, Mayor Walsh said he wants to set up the authority to fund the state-of-the-art schools he said Boston schoolkids deserve.

He said the authority will start with overhauls of the Boston Arts Academy in the Fenway and the upper Quincy School - and creation of a ten-year facilities plan for all Boston schools.

Walsh also announced a program...Read more

By - 1/7/15 - 4:46 pm

UPDATE: School has been called off for the day in Boston.

School districts across the region may be shutting down or delaying openings tomorrow, but Boston public schools will be open on their regular schedules. But don't worry: BPS is posting links to helpful hints on staving off frostbite.Read more

By - 1/3/15 - 12:38 pm

The Globe dims the glow of last week's school-day-lengthening announcement with the news that the Boston school system is facing an impending deficit of $69 million to $79 million for the coming fiscal year.Read more

By - 12/30/14 - 8:43 pm
Robinson

Mayor Walsh today announced he has appointed Regina Robinson, dean of students at Cambridge College to the Boston School Committee, to fill the vacancy left with the resignation of the Rev. Gregory Groover.

Robinson had previously served as associated dean of women at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, from which she has a bachelor's in speech communications and a master's in counseling.

Robinson has served...Read more

By - 12/26/14 - 2:37 pm
Richard Stutman of the Boston Teachers Union

As Walsh, students listen, BTU President Richard Stutman talks.

Mayor Walsh and Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman today announced agreement on a plan to add 40 minutes to the school day at the 60 elementary and middle schools in Boston that don't already have them.

Walsh said the move is a major step to ensuring "a world-class education for every student in the city." He said experience elsewhere and in Boston schools that...Read more

By - 12/23/14 - 8:17 am

MassLive.com reports on Nicole Bollerman, a teacher at UP Academy.Read more

By - 12/16/14 - 7:17 pm

All Lives Matter

BY Deb CH 2014

You may think I deserved to die
My family still will mourn, grieve, and cry

Do they have the right
Or just pretend I did not exist

Innocent victims in harms way
Never to live another day

Such a damn shame we say

Police running to save a life
Soldiers facing war and strife...Read more

By - 12/2/14 - 10:23 am

WBZ reports the all-male school is dealing with issues of students taking "inappropriate" photos of female teachers and other workers, including some upskirting.Read more

By - 11/29/14 - 10:58 am

Parent Imperfect notes that that recent report on unequal treatment of black and Latino boys in BPS proposes limiting admission to the three exam schools to kids who were in BPS in grades 5 and 6 - which would mean no more students from private or parochial schools or among kids whose parents moved to Boston in the year before the ISEE exams....Read more

By - 11/17/14 - 10:55 am
Jeri Robinson

Mayor Walsh has appointed Jeri Robinson, vice president of early learning initiatives at the Boston Children’s Museum, to the School Committee.

Jeri Robinson is a longstanding member of Boston’s education community who knows the learning landscape, and will be an important voice at the table.

Robinson served on a committee to help then mayor-elect Walsh get up to speed after his election last fall. She...Read more

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