BPS says it will appoint an interim headmaster for Boston Latin School next week as officials begin what they say is a national effort to find a replacement for Lynne Mooney Teta, who resigned this week.
Meanwhile, BPS has yet to say publicly what process it will use to replace Nicole Gittens, who is resigning as headmaster at the O'Bryant School.
In a letter to Boston Latin students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents ... Read more.
TV reporters and their crews are lined up along Beacon Street in Washington Square this morning to report on a tuberculosis case confirmed at Tiny World Child Care, 1613 Beacon St.
Roslindale Wants to Play reports that Pagel Playground, which currently consists of two fields, will be getting an unusual play structure, one of only three of its kind in the entire country.
The Supreme Judicial Court today ordered a new trial for Oswalt Millien of Woburn, saying his original lawyer screwed up by not finding a medical witness to counter prosecution claims that the only way his six-month-old daughter got serious brain injuries in 2009 was by him shaking her violently.
Millien was convicted and sentenced to four to five years in prison.
It's not that Millien's lawyer didn't know of experts who could back up Millien's argument that the infant hit her head on the floor when she fell off a couch, but that Millien's father, who was paying him, couldn't afford the cost of hiring one. Read more.
Boston Police have released photos of somebody they say needs to pick on somebody her own size. Read more.
The Swellesley Report has a copy of the X-ray to prove why you should never try pinning your prom date's boutonniere on while you're on the bus to the prom.
City Councilors want Boston to join the ranks of communities pushing back high-school start times to give sleep-deprived students a better jump on the day.
The council unanimously approved holding a hearing on the idea of starting high school as late as 8:30 a.m. Nearly half the city's high schools currently start at 7:20 or 7:30 a.m., councilors said. Read more.
For the second time this year, BPS students walked out of class for a protest against program cuts.
Fewer people joined this protest, but there were more than enough people to fill the City Council chambers during a regularly scheduled hearing on the budget for BPS's new "social emotional learning and wellness" program. Read more.
The Herald reports on a possible BPS student walkout tomorrow afternoon that will culminate with a 2 p.m. City Hall hearing on the school budget led by Councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), chairman of the City Council's Education Committee. Mayor Walsh is not amused.
Kevin Murray, a member of Quality Education for Every Student, questions the findings of an outside audit by McKinsey of facilities and capacity in the Boston Public Schools. The interview for BNN News by Chris Lovett, aired May 5, 2016.
Workers today began tearing down the old playground at Fallon Field at South and Walworth streets so they can replace it with a $910,000 upgrade that will include Roslindale's first spray area - and one of the longest slides at any playground in the Boston area, thanks to a design that incorporates the hill the playground sits atop. Read more.
Boston Public Schools will hold an "information session" Monday evening about the issue of lead in school water fountains.
The meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the School Committee chambers at the Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St. in Roxbury, will be open to the media. Read more.
WBZ reports workers turned on fountains at the Lee and Mather schools in Dorchester, the Curley school in Jamaica Plain and Another Course to College in Brighton by mistake and that students may have drunk from them before they were shut off again because of elevated lead levels.
Parents are not amused:
[A BPS administrator] met with staff on January 29th to discuss the water situation. But didn’t notify school families until February 12th. In addition, the families were told not to worry, there were no health risks associated with the elevated levels. BPS was just being proactive by turning off those fountains. If she knew about the issues at the Mather, why did she not include it in last week’s count of schools impacted by elevated levels of lead.
An outside audit of Boston Public Schools concludes the system needs to close and sell off between 30 and 50 of its 125 schools and make a wide range of staffing changes to balance its books and get BPS back on track towards bringing test scores up.
The report, by McKinsey and Co., was actually completed a year ago, but largely kept under wraps by the city and BPS. Quality Education for Every Student (QUEST), a BPS parent group, obtained a copy through a public-records request this month and posted a copy online this week. Read more.
The Globe points out, again, that the city's premier exam school is mostly white and Asian in a city where kids are mostly black and Hispanic. But this time, the Globe looks at some of the reasons, including that a program started to help black and Latino students prepare for the entrance exam has increasingly become a resource for well off white kids
"If you are going to get disadvantaged kids into the exam school," said [a woman who runs an ISEE test-prep center in West Roxbury], "you need to stop subsidizing free ISEE test prep for people who are going away to Europe in the summer and live in condos [worth] over half a million dollars."