Boston Police cruisers and community-center vans were pressed into service as impromptu school buses when school-bus drivers struck this morning over proposed work-rule changes - including a new bus tracker for parents.
BPS says the strike by United Steelworkers of America Local 8751 caught it unawares:
Because of this, students will not be marked late and absences will be marked as â€śexcusedâ€ť in... Read more
A one-year-old in a stroller escaped injury, but both his parents were seriously injured when a car driven by a teenager swerved into them in a crosswalk at Columbus Avenue and Dartmouth Street around 3:20 p.m., Boston Police report:
Officers spoke with a witness who stated he was stopped at the intersection of Columbus Avenue and Dartmouth Street attempting to take a left when... Read more
Schools open tomorrow with a new policy that lets any student get a free lunch, regardless of income eligibility or whether their parents have filled out paperwork.
"Children can focus on learning when they are well-fed, and families can focus on education when they donâ€™t have to budget for school meals every week," said BPS Interim Superintendent John McDonough. "This program makes sense for students.... Read more
The Dorchester Reporter posts an update from the family.
The New York Times looks at the odds of somebody's kids heading up the economic ladder, finds that can still happen in places such as Boston, not so much in the South and the Rust Belt.
State law requires 180 days of education for Massachusetts students, but most BPS high-school kids really only get 175. At my daughter's school, finals were last week, so the kids are spending this week watching movies in classes (she reports she saw parts of "Gattaca" and "Monty Python and the Holy Grail" yesterday).
Of course, this is nothing unique to this year - it's been... Read more
A West Roxbury District Court judge set bail at $50,000 today for a 16-year-old who allegedly got into a fight with school police at the former Hyde Park High School on Friday when he refused to give up the gun they say he was trying to sneak past them, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.
The teen, whose brother attends New Mission High... Read more
The School Committee is considering making the Haley School a K-8 school, a move some parents fear could undercut plans for an innovative feeder program in which Roslindale fifth graders at six schools were given higher priority for seats at the Irving Middle School.
In both cases, the goal is to prevent a sometimes confusing and even agonizing choice for Roslindale parents who... Read more
On Father's Day, a disgruntled citizen complains about a broken streetlight on Melnea Cass Boulevard:
My daughter was very excited when our broken light was fixed. On our Father's Day walk we went to see the repairs. As you can see, nothing has been done. Please restore my 4 year old's faith in city government and her trust in her daddy.... Read more
Georgy Cohen has started a list of places that are particularly accommodating for breastfeeding mothers.
Boston Police issued an Amber Alert after the 13-year-old, Jonathan Moore, Jr., was taken.
They continue to search for his father,... Read more
The North End/Waterfront Mothers Association says fight-happy homeless people in Christopher Columbus Park are becoming a menace to their children and that one answer is a six-foot-tall fence around the park's playground - locked every night from May through November.
Luis Matos, who inadvertently left 17-month-old Gabriel Pierre to die in a van will face no criminal charges, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office says.
With the exception only of misdemeanor motor vehicle homicide, Massachusetts law leaves issues of negligence in the hands of civil courts and precludes the criminal prosecution of an accident, even one as terrible and tragic in its consequences as... Read more
UPDATE, 8:42 p.m.: Our phone rang and the kidlet picked it up. As soon as she began jumping and yelling, I knew: School is canceled in Boston tomorrow. Barring any more snow days, this means Boston Public Schools will get out for the year on June 28. All Boston Centers for Youth and Families sites will be open tomorrow, 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.
Somerville... Read more
Parent Imperfect describes the choice his daughter faces now that she's gotten into both BLS and BLA:
Connie's Mom, to her unending credit, will challenge Connie to remember that both schools have the same curriculum and to think about who she'll be going to school with and to imagine how she will feel in the two schools. She'll do all that challenging, and then... Read more