The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that parent-teacher conferences are not the sort of "public" events that a city can use to protect itself against lawsuits by people who slip and fall while on their way inside to meet with their kids' teachers.
The ruling by the state's highest court means Michelle Wilkins of Haverhill will be allowed to make the case that the city... Read more
The Supreme Judicial Court ruled today that the phrase "under God" in the Pledge of Allegiance doesn't violate the First Amendment rights of non-believers in part because its origins are in Cold War patriotism, not religion - and in part because nobody in Massachusetts can be forced to recite it.
The state's highest court's ruling comes in the case of an atheist Acton couple who... Read more
A concerned citizen counts to ten before complaining about the two incorrect hopscotch boards at Draper Park, off Washington Street in West Roxbury. With a photo of a correct hopscotch setup at the Kilmer School.
A group of parents in Roslindale say they're tired of watching playgrounds in other neighborhoods get upgraded while the only two in their neighborhood languish.
The parents have started organizing to get improvements to the Fallon and Healy Field playgrounds, such as water spray decks, if not to create more playground space in the neighborhood, especially in the "play desert" south of Roslindale Square.... Read more
Mayor Walsh today announced a task force to look at ways to dramatically increase the number of kids in full-day pre-school programs by 2018.
There are currently 6,000 four-year-olds in Boston, but that number is expected to grow to 8,000 by 2030. About one-third of four-year-olds in the city are currently enrolled in the city K1 program. Another quarter attend no pre-school program at all.... Read more
The Globe wrote recently about the Wellesley Ravencam - a fairly unusual opportunity to watch a pair of ravens who have nested at Wellesley.
We have a live chick this morning. There's one egg left, as yet unhatched. There's a picture via Twitter, thanks to @sfnaturalist.
According to the page,
In the Northeast, ravens have been birds of the remote wilds... Read more
Ted Folkman photographed players lining up to march in today's Parkway Little League parade to open the season at the Baker Street fields.
BPS parents held a bake sale outside City Hall yesterday to make a point about the impact a $61-million shortfall in the school budget will have on their kids. Several city councilors bought baked goods in support.
A group of parents will protest cuts at Boston public schools next week by holding an old-fashioned bake sale outside City Hall.
"Gosh darn it, let's give the Mayor, City and State a hand!" reads the flyer for the bake sale, 4-6 p.m. on Tuesday.
The City Council voted today to urge the School Committee to hold off action on a proposal to eliminate school buses for 4,500 middle-school students until it can undergo more study.
City councilor Tito Jackson (Roxbury), who sponsored the unanimously approved motion, said making seventh and eighth graders take the T to school instead of traditional school buses could expose them to far more danger... Read more
Oh, for the good old days when it was just North End parents battling it out with dog owners letting their hounds run free over the asphalt of the Gassy park. Now, NorthEndWaterfront.com reports, it's dog owners vs. dog owners in a battle to the death, or something, over their right to unleash their pets in a park clearly marked "No dogs allowed"... Read more
If charter schools are a safety valve, then they make for an expensive and leaky valve at a time when urban districts like the BPS are under tremendous budget pressure. Rather than divert... Read more
School officials traveled to Madison Park High School in Roxbury today to put teachers, administrators and students that this time they're serious about turning the school around - through an emergency "intervention team" to be assembled to figure out why an earlier "innovation plan" has failed.
This afternoon [Interim Superintendent John] McDonough and BTU President Richard Stutman jointly informed all Madison Park staff, including administrators... Read more
Parent Imperfect reports on a School Committee hearing on proposed layoffs and other cuts, held at the Hyde Park Educational Complex.
School Committee Chair, Michael Oâ€™Neill made a valiant effort to lighten things up a bit in his welcoming remarks, but few attendees were in that kind of mood.
Two dozen Boston Latin School students who may have been in close contact with that student are being urged to visit their own doctors this weekend, BPS confirms.
Some of those students may have to take a preventative course of antibiotics. Additional families were also notified.
In patients past infancy, the disease is rarely fatal, although it can mean weeks of persistent coughing.
Although young... Read more
We just got the robocall.
An official city snow emergency goes into effect at 11 p.m., so if you're parked on a snow-emergency route, move that car.
City Hall will be open for business.
Acting School Superintendent John McDonough announced today that the state has chosen two private education groups to take over control of the Holland and Dever schools in Dorchester, which the state says BPS has been unable to get into shape and which are rated as low as you can get under the scoring system used by the state to judge schools.
Ambulances took four students at the Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School to Boston Medical Center for checkups today after they shared pills and vitamins one of them brought in from home.
All four turned out to be fine, Khita Pottinger, principal of the school on Lawrence Avenue in Dorchester, said in a phone message to parents this afternoon:
Hello, this is Khita Pottinger, principal... Read more