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... Read more
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... Read more
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
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.
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
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
MassLive.com reports on Nicole Bollerman, a teacher at UP Academy.
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
WBZ reports the all-male school is dealing with issues of students taking "inappropriate" photos of female teachers and other workers, including some upskirting.
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
Mayor Walsh has appointed Jeri Robinson, vice president of early learning initiatives at the Boston Childrenâ€™s Museum, to the School Committee.
Jeri Robinson is a longstanding member of Bostonâ€™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
WBZ reports state figures show growth in the number of children going to school without their full course of vaccinations. A MetroWest mother who refuses to let her kids by vaccinated says she is tired of people yelling "herd immunity" at her, when the problem is not her precious, unprotected tots but people whose own vaccinations have worn off or never worked.... Read more
A report commissioned by Boston Public Schools finds that even in a system where most students are now black or Hispanic, the deck is still stacked against those students - in particular, boys:
Inequities in opportunities for enrollment in rigorous learning environments - for example, AWC, exam schools, and the MassCore curriculum - for Black and Latino males, and for placement in the least... Read more
A concerned citizen complains about a thoughtless dog owner in the park at W. 3 and B streets in South Boston:
Woman in park with dog off leash. This is a No Dog park. A neighbor went out to tell her and she was yelling at him and being very rude. Please have park patrolled and ticket people like her- tons of babies play... Read more
Interim School Superintendent John McDonough plans to tell the School Committee tonight that he will not support a proposal to arm school police with a form of pepper spray.
In a statement released today, he said:
Our 75 school police officers are dedicated, talented and will do anything it takes to keep our schools safe. I think what we are hearing so far has persuaded... Read more
PLEASE TAKE TIME TO READ THE EXCERPTS FROM HIS BOOK YOU WILL UNDERSTAND MORE ABOUT GANGS AND GUN VIOLENCE. RAW, SHOCKING, REAL!
Why this problem in Massachusetts burdens my soul!
Art Powell...Former Gang Member
Excerpt....We used scare and retaliation tactics such as arson, murder, attempted murder, armed robbery, aggravated assault, intimidation, vandalism, terrorist threats, taking out contracts on police, and even shootouts with... Read more
Councilors Tito Jackson (Roxbury) and Ayanna Pressley (at large) want the school department to just say no to pepper spray.
School police, who do not carry guns, say pepper spray would help them better control violent situations. But in a request to the council for a hearing on the BPS idea, the two councilors say they don't understand the need when violence in Boston... Read more
Lawrence Harmon ponders Councilor Charles Yancey's pursuit of a new high school in Mattapan and says the idea could work - if the city converts the current West Roxbury Education Complex into a K-8 school.
Yancey and Mattapan would get a state-of-the-art high school (open to students from across the city), even as secondary enrollment across the city drops, while West Roxbury parents would... Read more