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.
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:
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 there and I'm sure the Southie mother's group won't be happy to hear their kids are playing in dog pee.
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:
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!
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 schools is declining and when pepper spray brings with it a variety of health risks and legal liabilities for the city:
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 get the extra K-8 seats they've been arguing for for years, he writes.
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.
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.
His announcement comes a few months after a new parents group began lobbying for new and improved playgrounds in the neighborhood.
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 (Allston/Brighton), who chaired a hearing at the Mattapan public library just last night on the idea.
Paul Levy recounts a letter a local youth-soccer league got from a lawyer trying to get the league to make an exception for his 7-year-old so she can play soccer with earrings.
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.
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 one step up from the lowest possible ranking. And the Henry Grew Elementary School in Hyde Park and Dorchester Academy were added to the list.
A concerned citizen complained shortly after 10 p.m.:
There is a child (maybe 8) who is sleeping on the street outside the Apple Store while his parents are in line. This is child abuse. Please intervene.
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.
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.