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By - 8/25/14 - 3:45 pm

School officials say too many bus drivers decided not to show up to work today, forcing BPS and its bus operator to call in other bus companies, assign supervisors to bus routes and work with the MBTA to provide free rides on that system for students.

Although the bulk of BPS students report for school next week, BPS today promised school-bus rides to students at two in-district charter schools, 13 other charter schools and 11 special education programs. A spokesman says:

2,977 students were scheduled for yellow buses this AM; buses for 392 of these did not run.

In a statement, BPS says:

By - 8/14/14 - 10:13 am

The Bay State Banner reports on a staffing issue at Madison Park High School.

By - 8/8/14 - 12:23 pm

Parent Imperfect considers the fate of the Dearborn STEM school, which the BPS is preparing to hand over as an "in district" charter school to a group that has built lots of housing but which has never overseen a $70-million school project.

By - 7/16/14 - 9:00 pm

Correction: The School Committee took no action tonight.

Interim School Superintendent John McDonough told the School Committee tonight he's looking at a two-year phase-in for a plan to move seventh and eighth graders who need transportation to and from school from school buses to the T - as first proposed by Mayor Walsh:

This may be a good way to implement a good policy by beginning with MBTA service for the 8th grade this year and then 7th and 8th grade in the following school year. We expect to have updates on this for you later this month.

By - 7/13/14 - 12:46 pm

La Bibliotequetress asks:

We want book suggestions for kids/YA coming to Boston for first time. History fiction or non fiction to read before trip?

By - 7/12/14 - 7:42 pm
Lost little bear

Bear and owner a few months ago.

Sonja Alves reports:

Long, long shot but my son’s lovey is lost somewhere in Back Bay. Old tan bear with 2011 on the foot.

The bear also has a red bow on.

By - 7/10/14 - 4:54 pm
Timara Reynolds

Boston Police report Timara Reynolds, 18, hasn't been seen since July 3.

Reynolds, 5'4" and 170 lbs., was last seen around midnight that day at 11 Jerome St., wearing an orange tank top, a matching orange skirt, rainbow flip flops and a black hooded sweatshirt with "Yeah Buddy."

If you've seen her, contact 911 or C-11 detectives at 617-343-4335.

By - 7/3/14 - 9:22 am

The Globe alerts us that the disposable-income set is now beset by constant worrying about just how many babies they should pop out.

"I get the sense that [people think] we’re choosing to have one child because we don’t love our son as much as people with multiple children, and it drives me nuts,” she says. "One woman came up to me at Trader Joe's and, 'Oh, how could you deprive him? You’ll change your mind.' "

Ed. note: One saving grace about shopping at Shaw's: People rarely confront you about the size of your brood - or much of anything else, for that matter.

By - 6/26/14 - 4:32 pm

The mother of a young boy whom a teacher's aide molested at the Martin Luther King School charges the school's principal knew about the allegations but refused to do anything about them - and even kept the aide in the same classroom with her son - until police began investigating the aide over similar allegations at another school.

By - 6/26/14 - 8:37 am

MassLive reports the council voted 7-6 yesterday for a school budget that will force all BPS students in seventh and eighth grades to ride the T to school this fall, or find another way there.

WBUR reports BPS hopes to save $8 million a year by switching from school buses to CharlieCards.

By - 6/9/14 - 7:01 pm

Looks like one Wellesley dad will be having a jim-dandy Father's Day, based on his Craigslist ad:

My Kids Suck: Skywalker Trampoline with Enclosure – 17X15 – $350 (Wellesley)

They begged. Pleaded. Told me how they’d use it EVERY day. How our house would become THE place to hang out. We had a hot tub. And a basketball court. And a fire pit. And a hammock. But if we had THIS, well, we’d be rock stars. Plus since I “messed up their lives” by moving them here in middle school, I owed them at least this much. God, dad. ...

By - 6/6/14 - 10:13 am

Tomorrow's the annual Southie Family Fun Day in Marine Park, 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

By - 5/28/14 - 12:53 pm
Lost giraffe

Marcin Kunicki reports he found this giraffe near Community Boating on the Esplanade, hopes somebody knows whose it is.

By - 5/19/14 - 6:44 am

Last year, Leah Cypess and her three kids visited all the playgrounds of Brookline, plus many in surrounding Boston neighborhoods. She wrote reviews of each one.

By - 5/15/14 - 8:36 am

Just got a robocall from Boston Latin School that on Tuesday, a student tweeted a "generic threat" against the school, but that the matter was successfully handled by the school, school police and Boston Police and neither the school nor its students were ever in any actual danger. Well, that generically puts my mind at ease.

By - 5/12/14 - 6:43 am
Little duckling in the Public Garden

Stevil took in the Make Way for Ducklings parade in the Public Garden yesterday.

Copyright Stevil. Posted in the Universal Hub pool on Flickr.

By - 5/9/14 - 11:30 am

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 owes her big time for the injuries she suffered slipping on ice outside the school.

By - 5/9/14 - 11:11 am

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 objected to the inclusion of the phrase in the pledge their three children wanted to recite with their classmates every morning.

The court noted that while the phrase "under God" can obviously carry a religious connotation:

By - 5/8/14 - 7:48 am
Incorrect hopskotch board

This is just wrong.

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.

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