Workers today began tearing down the old playground at Fallon Field at South and Walworth streets so they can replace it with a $910,000 upgrade that will include Roslindale's first spray area - and one of the longest slides at any playground in the Boston area, thanks to a design that incorporates the hill the playground sits atop. Read more.
Boston Public Schools will hold an "information session" Monday evening about the issue of lead in school water fountains.
The meeting, which begins at 6:30 p.m. in the School Committee chambers at the Bolling Building, 2300 Washington St. in Roxbury, will be open to the media. Read more.
WBZ reports workers turned on fountains at the Lee and Mather schools in Dorchester, the Curley school in Jamaica Plain and Another Course to College in Brighton by mistake and that students may have drunk from them before they were shut off again because of elevated lead levels.
Parents are not amused:
[A BPS administrator] met with staff on January 29th to discuss the water situation. But didn’t notify school families until February 12th. In addition, the families were told not to worry, there were no health risks associated with the elevated levels. BPS was just being proactive by turning off those fountains. If she knew about the issues at the Mather, why did she not include it in last week’s count of schools impacted by elevated levels of lead.
An outside audit of Boston Public Schools concludes the system needs to close and sell off between 30 and 50 of its 125 schools and make a wide range of staffing changes to balance its books and get BPS back on track towards bringing test scores up.
The report, by McKinsey and Co., was actually completed a year ago, but largely kept under wraps by the city and BPS. Quality Education for Every Student (QUEST), a BPS parent group, obtained a copy through a public-records request this month and posted a copy online this week. Read more.
The Globe points out, again, that the city's premier exam school is mostly white and Asian in a city where kids are mostly black and Hispanic. But this time, the Globe looks at some of the reasons, including that a program started to help black and Latino students prepare for the entrance exam has increasingly become a resource for well off white kids
"If you are going to get disadvantaged kids into the exam school," said [a woman who runs an ISEE test-prep center in West Roxbury], "you need to stop subsidizing free ISEE test prep for people who are going away to Europe in the summer and live in condos [worth] over half a million dollars."
Stanley Staco reports an alert Red Line worker found a partially undressed boy, about 6, near the JFK/UMass station in Dorchester around 3:30 a.m.
A car came off I-93, pulled over on Columbia Rd, child exited then car hopped back onda the highway & left.
Education is not something that can be neglected. Especially in a world, where 30% of students are unable to enroll into the college due to insufficient amount of knowledge. It seems, like the government does not care about younger generation. Read more.
School Superintendent Tommy Chang said tonight that any changes to the BPS calendar wouldn't happen until at least the 2017-2018 school year, if not later - or if at all. Read more.
Your kid sucks and will never be an artist, the Globe art critic grumps today. Maybe tomorrow Shaughnessy can tell you how your kid sucks and will never be a major-league baseball player. And then Shirley Leung can explain how your kid sucks and will never be a corporate CEO.
Recently I've sound a site, where it is described, how to use LEGO to teach kids about simple math. You can even learn multiplying and division with those small plastic bricks. How awesome is that?
I believe, that LEGO is a great education tool. And it is great, that teachers throughout the country understand that as well.
The Globe reports School Superintendent Tommy Chang wants to start school before Labor Day and make Boston the first community in the state to get rid of February vacation.
This would let BPS have a longer Christmas break, so students with relatives overseas could have more time to spend with families abroad - something not sitting well with people who couldn't afford to fly abroad even if they did have family there.
From Hyde Park to Charlestown, kids break out in grins; parents groan.
Officials say it's not the amount of snow, but the timing:
An important factor in this decision is the timing of the snowstorm, with several inches of snow expected to fall during the morning commute. Because safety is the top priority of Boston Public Schools, Mayor Walsh and Superintendent Chang made the decision to close school on Monday.
Boston's community centers will be open 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Bad news, BPS administrative workers: You still have to go in.
In FY15 and FY16, although the mayor's budget increased funding in Boston Schools by approximately $38m each year, the two budgets actually cut spending by $65m and $40m respectively.
Principals had to make choices and staff was cut. (Regrettably, there is no composite list kept by the administration that we can reference to see the impact. That would be a good thing to do.)
In a statement today, Catholic Memorial School says it's taking several steps to deal with the repercussions of Friday's anti-Semitic chanting by fans before a basketball game against Newton North, including banning students from tonight's MIAA Division 1 semifinal against Cambridge at the Garden.
The team itself, which had nothing to do with the chants, will be allowed to play, the school says: Read more.
Well, or did until word got out. WBUR takes us inside UP Academy Holland in Dorchester - a tough-love school still owned by the city but no longer controlled by BPS, where wiggling in your seat brings discipline and they even have a room for kiddie solitary confinement for the really tough eggs.
Students at Boston high schools could walk out of classes Monday for a protest to demand more funding for the schools, which are facing program cuts for the next school year.
Albert Holland, who came out of retirement to help steady Madison Park when it fell apart on the very first day of school two years ago, is coming out of retirement again, this time to help Boston Latin School to create "a more inclusive and respectful school culture and helping faculty address issues of racism and bias," BPS announced today.
In a statement, School Superintendent Tommy Chang said: Read more.