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.
BPS officials reported today that state education officials have dropped Madison Park High School to the second-worst "accountability" results for 2015, which means the state considers it "underperforming."
But BPS officials says there's a glimmer of hope in the new Level 4 designation for the city's only vocational school: Read more.
Cambridge Day reports on a meeting between parents and Cambridge police and school officials over the repeated threats, which officials now say are "non-credible" and likely coming from one person, possibly even a student who doesn't like the amount of homework he's getting.
Earlier this month, we posted a photo of a stuffed bunny that had been left behind at Mistral in the South End.
Mistral reports today that, thanks to social-media postings, rabbit and owner are back together again - a friend of the family saw one of the photos and let the family know where to find the fuzzy critter.
Volunteers at the Bolling Building in Dudley Square are busy today packaging 8,200 new winter coats for distribution next week to BPS students who need them.
Operation Warm bought the coats with donations from BNY Mellon, Genzyme Corporation, Vertex Pharmaceuticals, Peopleâ€™s United Community Foundation, the TD Charitable Foundation and a Boston-area philanthropist who wants to remain anonymous, according to BPS. Read more.
Jean Nagy captured Grayson Boomer in period costume in the North End today for Ben Affleck's movie.
At brunch on Nov. 8, somebody left behind this obviously well loved bunny at Mistral in the South End. The restaurant reports they're keeping the rabbit well fed, but would love to reunite bun and owner.
Boston Police beefed up patrols at the normally quiet Boston Latin School today after school officials reported a bomb threat targeted at the school online.
School Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta robo-called parents this evening to let them know about the bomb threat - and that a police investigation found it not credible.
Seth Gitell writes about his father, a Green Beret who came back from Vietnam with PTSD - only they didn't call it that, or treat it, back then.
UPDATE: Walsh says Pierce should shut his misinformed yap. More below.
Charles Pierce (yes, that Charles Pierce) levies a j'accuse at Mayor Walsh, charging he wants to shut 36 public schools to make way for more charter and parochial schools.
He's cut a deal with some of the most odious practitioners of the school "reform" grift, including the Walton Family of Wingnuts, and he did so under the radar.
Pierce bases his assertion on FOIA'ed documents, as discussed by Mary Lewis Pierce, who has a kid in BPS.
Mayor Walsh's office issued the following statement:
The Mayor has never said, nor does he have a plan to close 36 schools. Mayor Walsh has proven his dedication to Boston Public Schools by, in the past year alone, providing unprecedented budgetary support, extending learning time for students, adding 200 pre-kindergarten seats to the district, and hiring a first-class Superintendent. The Mayor also launched a multi-year Educational and Facilities Master Plan this fall to guide smart investments in Boston's schools with the goal of providing all students with a high-quality, 21st-century education.
The Esquire article is untrue and unsourced, and references meetings that the Mayor has never had. We are extremely disappointed at the spread of misinformation.
Gaysian Dad lives and teaches in a Boston suburb with his husband and their two adopted children, one black, one Latino. He reports:
Two weeks ago, we put up a Black Lives Matter sign. Our eight-year-old black daughter was so excited. Our white neighbors across the street put one up too, and I think that meant a lot to our daughter. I know it meant a lot to me. So when we came home last week to find a letter jammed in our doorknob from the town Building Commissioner stating that an anonymous complaint had been submitted through an attorney against the display of our sign, I was disheartened.
Both groups are left wondering why the city scheduled its fall hazardous-waste collection at the DPW garage there at peak soccer time, given that access to the park is limited to just one narrow road.
The Globe reports on the mayor's BPS capital plan, released today.