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.
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.
WBUR reports on a protest yesterday.
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 weâ€™ve already decided that women shouldnâ€™t make choices about breast vs. bottle, abortion or childbirth, drinking or not drinking, letâ€™s also take away their choice to not drown in the wonderful, horrible, crazy sea of new motherhood. Because we really canâ€™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.
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.
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.
WBUR reports on the 6-4 vote by the state education board to make Dorchester Collegiate Academy shut down due to low test scores and high attrition rates.
About 20 stunned parents in bright yellow shirts with the DCA logo stormed out after the vote, many in tears.
Boston Latin School will develop "required educational opportunities for students that include space for critical dialogue on issues of race" as school administrators react to complaints from black students about everything from microaggressions to outright racism, Head Master Lynne Mooney Teta wrote BLS students, faculty, parents and alumni yesterday.
In a lengthy note, Head Master Lynne Mooney Teta outlined a series of other steps the school is taking following meetings with the black students who last week launched a Black at BLS protest. Read more.
Boston Public Schools today announced that 70.7% of the 2015 class graduated. It's the system's highest number - and reflects a shrinking gap between the graduation rates of whites and blacks and Hispanics. Read more.
With Boston booming, there's no real reason Boston schools are being ordered to make cuts that could mean teacher and program cuts, is there? There is if you look at it as one of the first steps in Mayor Walsh's long-term plan to completely reorganizes BPS and build a system with fewer, but bigger schools, Mike Freedberg writes:
Complete reorganization of Bostonâ€™s schools system is certainly Walshâ€™s goals, as it is the goal of the cityâ€™s employers and of many of the cityâ€™s school-kid parents. This cannot possibly be accomplished all at once. You can only reform an entrenched vested interest by chipping away at it, a little at a time. Walshâ€™s $ 50 million FY 2017 schools short-sheet looks like the first chip in his long term plan.
They don't have $18 million in New York money, but some 300 pro-BPS residents and teachers said tonight they will run a robust campaign to protect Boston public schools by fighting proposals that would lift the cap on charter schools, meld charter and BPS enrollment systems and cut $50 million from the budget of the nation's oldest public-school system. Read more.
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today the state can keep children away from a would-be foster couple who believe corporal punishment is part of their religious duty - even if they agree to limit the spanking to their natural children and not spank any foster children.
Gregory and Melanie Magazu of Fitchburg, who have two children of their own, sought to become foster and "pre-adoptive" parents in 2012, but were denied permission by the state Department of Children and Families because they said their Christian beliefs sometimes compelled them to spank their own children. Read more.
Looking for unique gift for 2yo. Any fun/toy/kid stores left in Boston? Or is Target all we have?
Christmasâ€¦â€¦Donâ€™t get caught up in the guilt of not having/spending enough $$$$$ for Presents and Gifts
If how much you spend, or buying what the persons â€śwantsâ€ť determines your Merry Christmas....... stop, think about this; Materialism has bankrupted some people,
Some are on the way there, and some are recovering from it.
If anyone is not pleased with you changing your gift giving habitsâ€¦.. Itâ€™s on them.