Parenting

By - 3/22/16 - 6:44 pm

The Globe reports School Superintendent Tommy Chang wants to start school before Labor Day and make Boston the first community in the state to get rid of February vacation.

This would let BPS have a longer Christmas break, so students with relatives overseas could have more time to spend with families abroad - something not sitting well with people who couldn't afford to fly abroad even if they did have family there.

By - 3/20/16 - 6:11 pm

From Hyde Park to Charlestown, kids break out in grins; parents groan.

Officials say it's not the amount of snow, but the timing:

An important factor in this decision is the timing of the snowstorm, with several inches of snow expected to fall during the morning commute. Because safety is the top priority of Boston Public Schools, Mayor Walsh and Superintendent Chang made the decision to close school on Monday.

Boston's community centers will be open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.

Bad news, BPS administrative workers: You still have to go in.

By - 3/16/16 - 3:37 pm

Prior Years

In FY15 and FY16, although the mayor's budget increased funding in Boston Schools by approximately $38m each year, the two budgets actually cut spending by $65m and $40m respectively.

Principals had to make choices and staff was cut. (Regrettably, there is no composite list kept by the administration that we can reference to see the impact. That would be a good thing to do.)

By - 3/14/16 - 12:35 pm

In a statement today, Catholic Memorial School says it's taking several steps to deal with the repercussions of Friday's anti-Semitic chanting by fans before a basketball game against Newton North, including banning students from tonight's MIAA Division 1 semifinal against Cambridge at the Garden.

The team itself, which had nothing to do with the chants, will be allowed to play, the school says: Read more.

By - 3/9/16 - 12:44 pm

Well, or did until word got out. WBUR takes us inside UP Academy Holland in Dorchester - a tough-love school still owned by the city but no longer controlled by BPS, where wiggling in your seat brings discipline and they even have a room for kiddie solitary confinement for the really tough eggs.

By - 3/4/16 - 6:32 pm

Students at Boston high schools could walk out of classes Monday for a protest to demand more funding for the schools, which are facing program cuts for the next school year.

Some parents support the protest, being organized on social media, for a Monday morning walkout and march to the State House to demand more aid for their schools. Read more.

By - 3/4/16 - 2:15 pm

Albert Holland, who came out of retirement to help steady Madison Park when it fell apart on the very first day of school two years ago, is coming out of retirement again, this time to help Boston Latin School to create "a more inclusive and respectful school culture and helping faculty address issues of racism and bias," BPS announced today.

In a statement, School Superintendent Tommy Chang said: Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 5:46 pm
Ortiz

US Attorney Carmen Ortiz announced today her office will investigate allegations of civil-rights violations at Boston Latin School. In a statement, she said: Read more.

By - 3/2/16 - 3:16 pm
Missing stuffed bunny rabbit

Vodkanaut reports somebody dropped this bun today outside Tossed Boston in Post Office Square.

Earlier:
A girl and her bun reunited for the holidays.

By - 3/2/16 - 2:09 pm

Several city councilors say they're hearing of too many cases of suburban parents who have managed to sneak their kids into Boston public schools - and they want that to stop. Read more.

By - 2/25/16 - 7:25 am

The state this week approved plans to add 1,100 new charter-school seats in Boston.

The board of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education decided Tuesday to let Neighborhood House Charter School in Dorchester add 429 seats and expand to grades 9-12 - and to let the Brooke schools add 691 students and a high school. Read more.

By - 2/24/16 - 7:09 pm

School Committee Chairman Michael O'Neill says BPS should give every student who wants to attend free test-prep classes to help them get ready for the ISEE test that is one of the two criteria for getting into the city's three exam schools, as part of the overall move towards dealing with racial disparities at Boston Latin School. Read more.

By - 2/23/16 - 5:14 pm

Boy, that escalated quickly. The Herald posts an open letter from the head of the local NAACP to parents supporting BLS headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta, in which he accuses them of perpetuating an apartheid system in Boston's premier public school.

UPDATE: Mooney Teta sends memo of "deep regret" to students, parents, alumni. Copy in the comments.

By - 2/22/16 - 6:20 am

The Globe reports the group wasn't satisfied with last week's report.

By - 2/18/16 - 7:29 pm

Boston Public Schools tonight released a summary of a review of how Boston Latin School dealt with seven incidents of racism between November, 2014 and last month: Read more.

By - 2/16/16 - 3:32 pm

State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is backing plans by the Neighborhood House Charter School and the Brooke charter schools to extend their current K-8 programs to the secondary level. Read more.

By - 2/8/16 - 10:13 am

Dr. Shirie Leng was more than a bit upset on reading the Globe story about how local hospitals are removing nurseries to force mothers to bond with their babies and make them breast feed their newborns. Leng, who has three children herself, writes:

Since we’ve already decided that women shouldn’t make choices about breast vs. bottle, abortion or childbirth, drinking or not drinking, let’s also take away their choice to not drown in the wonderful, horrible, crazy sea of new motherhood. Because we really can’t be trusted to choose the best way for ourselves and our children. ...

You know what promotes breastfeeding? Paid maternity leave. You know what promotes bonding? Paid maternity leave. You know what promotes good parenting skills? Paid maternity leave.

By - 2/3/16 - 11:54 pm

Boston school officials today formally introduced a proposed budget that would cut central services such as nurses and force high schools to do things like drop AP courses and librarians, but leave elementary schools largely unscathed. And they urged students and parents to lobby the state legislature to help increase state aid. Read more.

By - 2/3/16 - 6:31 pm

School Superintendent Tommy Chang made the announcement today, said BPS is working out arrangements to refund families who have already paid for trips. Among the trips canceled: Two to Nicaragua.