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
The Dorchester Reporter reports Boston and Transit police are hoping to head off general mayhem tonight.
Boston Police themselves report:
The Boston Police and the MBTA Transit Police have noted a recent uptick in incidents involving school-aged individuals committing acts of vandalism and other criminal activity throughout the City of Boston and on the MBTA. It is believed that these individuals have been...Read more
Especially, you know, that one.
Ed. note: A couple years ago, the kidlet's World History class covered Islam (also Buddhism, Hinduism, Judaism and Christianity). Those outraged Revere parents, or at least the one quoted by WHDH, can take solace in knowing she did not start wearing a niqab or quoting the Koran at inopportune times....Read more
Mayor Walsh had a bonus for Roslindale parents with small kids at today's Adams Park re-dedication: Work on renovating Fallon Field will begin next year, rather than in 2016 as originally planned.
Several city councilors said today they strongly back Councilor Charles Yancey's longstanding proposal to put a high school on a 20-acre parcel on the grounds of the former Boston State Hospital.
However, Council President Bill Linehan deferred any vote on the idea after several councilors also said that while they don't oppose the idea, they need more information on it. Among those: Mark Ciommo...Read more
Nancy Gair, who spent seven years as an instructor at the local Isis Parenting centers, says the company owes her and other workers back pay after it suddenly shut down in January.
In a lawsuit against former Isis managers and investors filed in US District Court in Boston this week, Gair is seeking to become lead plaintiff for roughly 200 hourly Isis employees who,...Read more
The state released MCAS scores yesterday and among the winners is Jeremiah Burke High School, which was taken off the state's list of "underperfoming" schools that are "among lowest achieving and least improving schools" - and subject to possible state takeover if they don't shape up.
The Elihu Greenwood Elementary School and English High School, however, remain on this "Level 4" list - just...Read more
The Boston Public Health Commission reported today that black infant mortality rates in the city decreased from 13.1 deaths per 1,000 live births in 2001-2004 to 7.4 in 2009-2012.
The latest rate is twice that of white infants - but that compares to a death rate four times greater in the earlier period, the commission said.
The BPHC's efforts to improve the Black low birth...Read more
City Councilor Tito Jackson had some bad news today for Roxbury residents who want to preserve the historic Dearborn school building and move its science-based classes to another location in the neighborhood: State officials told him they would rescind the $36 million grant it awarded Boston for a new school because it's based on a plan calling for tearing down the old building.
Neighbors of...Read more