Parenting

By - 3/13/13 - 9:25 pm

The School Committee tonight voted to approval an overhaul of student assignment for elementary schools that will give parents a choice of six schools - at least two of which have to have among the highest standardized test scores in the city.

The new system, which will go into effect in the 2014-2015 school year, will end the city's current three-zone system - and walk... Read more

By - 3/13/13 - 12:06 pm

The Supreme Judicial Court today vacated an order that had prevented a British man from seeing the then 16-year-old Massachusetts girl with whom he had had a dalliance while she and her family were on a European vacation.

After the family returned to the US, the two continued exchanging romantic messages via e-mail and Skype - even after the girl admitted she was only 16... Read more

By - 3/9/13 - 2:14 pm

Protest outside Longy School of Music this morning.Protest outside Longy School of Music this morning.

The venerable Longy School of Music, which merged with Bard College in New York last year, told parents this week that programs for children - and adults... Read more

By - 2/25/13 - 10:21 pm

An advisory committee tonight approved a proposal to replace the current school-assignment zones with a new system in which each family gets a choice of up to six schools guaranteed to include two that are at the top of standardized-test scores as well as schools within a mile of their homes.

The plan (Home-Based A) now goes to Superintendent Carol Johnson and the School... Read more

By - 2/11/13 - 4:57 pm

But for now, Boston Public School students can rejoice: No school on Tuesday.

By - 2/10/13 - 5:24 pm

Snow ballet

Lola Bean and friends weren't going to let the snow barre them from ballet practice in Watertown today.

Chris Adams, meanwhile, reports his son decided that once some of the driveway was clear, it was hockey time:

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By - 2/10/13 - 12:44 pm

Boston Public Schools are shut. All extracurricular and sporting events canceled as well. The city is opening community centers in Hyde Park, Jamaica Plain, East Boston and Mission Hill for parents who aren't as lucky as their kids to drop them off for the day.

By - 2/5/13 - 10:49 pm

The Swellesley Report alerts us to the five-month agreement - under which she also has to give him her password so he can change it. On his blog, dad says it was all her idea.

Philip Borenstein is aghast:

That guy's getting quite a deal. I'd be embarrassed if my son did it for less than $400. And I live in Natick.

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By - 2/5/13 - 7:57 pm

The Dorchester Reporter gets a copy of his letter to the advisory committee looking at changes in how to assign students in lower grades to public schools.

By - 1/28/13 - 7:08 pm

VelazquezA Roxbury man was ordered held in lieu of $50,500 bail at his arraignment on charges he abused an infant and beat the baby's mother in the woman's apartment on Old Colony Avenue in South Boston, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports.

According to prosecutors, Steven Velazquez, 19, assaulted the two-month-old in... Read more

By - 1/22/13 - 9:15 pm

MissingUPDATE, 10:40 p.m. He called his mom from the KFC in Edward Everett Square in Dorchester. Police quickly found him; EMTs were called to take him to the hospital for evaluation.

Police officers from across the city are now combing Dorchester and Mattapan, looking for Leland Corning, a 12-year-old with Asperger's Syndrome... Read more

By - 1/22/13 - 7:31 pm

Playground Hopping is "a playground hopper's guide to the coolest playgrounds in and around Boston."

H/t Bill Ritchotte.

By - 1/22/13 - 6:49 pm

Because Boston doesn't have enough quality schools, the External Advisory Committee on School Choice tonight released three proposals to try to give as many elementary-school students a shot at entry to one of the ones it does have: A proposal to split the city into ten assignment zones and two that would do away with zones altogether but let parents apply to either six or... Read more

By - 1/17/13 - 7:42 pm

Bad enough for the headmaster to robocall parents tonight to urge them to talk to their kids about "inappropriate" messages on social media, although she didn't specify just how the offending message was inappropriate.

By - 1/10/13 - 7:18 am

Our own eeka reports that while the state health-insurance system properly accounts for her spouse as her spouse, it's decided said spouse is the "stepmother" of their kid:

They also have me listed as our child's "mother" and spousal unit as child's "stepmother." "Stepparent," while often someone who provides amazing parenting to a child, is not someone who is fully a legal parent to

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By - 12/14/12 - 2:47 pm

A statement from Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis on today's news out of Connecticut:

Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims and the families of those affected by the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. I have been in touch with the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools and the Chief of the Transit Police. Although there is no connection to the Boston area, the shooting

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By - 12/12/12 - 7:26 am

The Mayor's Office of New Urban Mechanics produced this video to support its proposals to rejigger school-assignment zones for elementary and middle-school students: If you totaled up all the miles students in the Bowdoin/Geneva area travel to school each morning, it would be the equivalent of a trip from Boston to Cheyenne, WY (the... Read more

By - 12/4/12 - 7:30 am

Saggy bridge

A concerned citizen parent complains:

Frog Pond playground. Is this ramp supposed to hang so far below handrails? Seems dangerous. Have seen lots of kiddos fall through, including mine today.

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