The Swellesley Report posts a copy of the speech one teacher gave at graduation this year.
Nancy Bloom writes she was scheduled to be fired on June 1 in an annual ritual at her Hyde Park charter school. Instead, she quit May 31, tired of working 10-hour days for lower wages than her BPS counterparts, the mistrust by administrators, the weeks of dread leading up to June 1:
At least public schools and their unions have transparent guidelines for tenure... Read more
Our soon-to-be turning 9 year old daughter wants a butler for her birthday. We are trying to indulge her. She imagines a butler is man she can boss around. He would also be well dressed and have a British accent (or at least a faux British accent).
We're looking for someone who... Read more
School Superintendent Carol Johnson has released details of plans to ensure more students get to school on time in the coming school year.
For starters, BPS has already started mapping out bus routes for the fall, rather than waiting until later in the summer. BPS blamed new routing software for a busing crisis that saw hundreds of students getting to school seriously late,... Read more
BPS officials are scheduled to explain a proposed $21-million school relocation plan to a skeptical City Council committee at a hearing that starts at 11 a.m. in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.
Under the proposal, two high schools, including New Mission High... Read more
Petition to Mayor Menino and Superintendent Johnson asking they keep the Mission Hill K-8 School where it is rather than moving it to the old Agassiz School in Jamaica Plain.
Officers noted serious damage to both the rear body of the motor vehicle and the porch. The vehicle had struck the house with such force that it had appeared to... Read more
The Patriot Ledger rips the covers off a Quincy controversy: The local iParty sells party favors in the shape of male genitalia. The paper was tipped off by an outraged mother:
"Dora the Explorer balloons do not belong in the same store as dancing penises."
The Patriot Ledger dispatched a reporter, who confirmed that bachelorette-party accoutrements are, indeed, openly displayed on a shelf and... Read more
The barrage of news about bodily fluids continues, this time via a report on NorthEndWaterfront.com about an incident this past Friday at the playground at Christopher Columbus Park, two hours after a father called 911 to report homeless men sleeping in the playground equipment and blood everywhere:
The playground area was teeming with children and mothers. I walked around the equipment and to my... Read more
City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury) says a top BPS official is telling the new headmaster and parents at the Margarita Muniz Academy it will only spend a year at the old Agassiz School and then be moved somewhere else.
Another top BPS official, Deputy Superintendent Michael Goar, told O'Malley and other councilors at a budget hearing this afternoon he could... Read more
Parent Imperfect attended one of those hearings BPS held to solicit parent input on school assignment, came away concluding BPS already has a basic plan in place (more and smaller zones), based on the questions the facilitators asked. He also discusses a similar, smaller session held by City Councilor and Maybe Possible Mayoral Candidate John Connolly, who raised the question of whether "empowered" (i.e.,... Read more
Boston Police report a 16-year-old student at the Codman Academy Charter School suffered an unspecified "life-threatening injury" around 3:30 p.m. and died at Children's Hospital. His death is a "non-homicide," police say, adding responding emergency workers found him in "cardiac arrest."
Boston Police report that when basement windows along High and Green streets in Charlestown started getting broken on a regular basis, officers quickly identified a group of tweens as the culprits - thanks to vigilant members of the neighborhood crime watch.
The following evening [March 11] a concerned neighbor immediately called police after spotting the individuals believed to be responsible for the vandalism the... Read more
After reading this Globe article, I had to know: Had she ever tried swallowing an entire spoonful of cinnamon?
No, she said, but she'd heard of a couple of kids who had.
Phew. Her mother and I are the lucky ones. Because as Ben Jackson reminds us, "cinnamon is the gateway for nutmeg."
But a parent's work is never done. R. Hookup ... Read more
CommonHealth reports on one Wellesley teen's battle with what turned out to be endometriosis; one specialist, who like others misdiagnosed the problem, told her she'd just have to bear the pain.
School officials hold a meeting tomorrow and several on Saturday to let parents and residents discuss possible ways to change the current elementary-school assignment system, which features three assignment zones, a lottery and lots and lots of school buses.
Tomorrow's meeting starts at 6:30 p.m. at the Irving Middle School in Roslindale. On Saturday, BPS holds similar sessions at the Sherlburne Community Center in Roxbury... Read more
UPDATE: Franklin High School officials say the actual pugilists on the train were Franklin High alumni, not students, the Milford Daily News reports.
The 7:20 Franklin train last night pulled into Forge Park 63 minutes late because MBTA Transit Police had to board it twice to quell rambunctious Franklin High students returning from a hockey match at the Garden (which the Franklin Panthers ... Read more
Parent Imperfect walks us through the angst of getting a Boston Latin School acceptance letter and then deciding whether to send your kid there:
For families in the Boston Public Schools, at least, the decision NOT to go to take an invitation to attend BLS can be a very tough one. Liz and the PI remember well the strange momentum that took them in... Read more