Pedro Martinez, currently a state education administrator in Nevada, said he was initially reluctant to apply for the superintendent's job in Boston because the city's school system has such a good reputation nationally that he didn't know what he could really add to it.
He recalled going to educational seminars at Harvard in the early part of the 2000s and being so impressed by BPS under then Superintendent Thomas Payzant. "God, this is such a cool district," he recalled thinking.
Barely a year ago, Dana Bedden signed a contract with Richmond, VA to become its school superintendent through June, 2017. But next Tuesday, the Boston School Committee could vote to recommend Mayor Walsh hire him to lead Boston schools.
At an interview today, School Committee member Meg Campbell was blunt: How do we know that Bedden wouldn't turn around and do the same thing to Boston if, say, the Ford Foundation offered him a job?
Bedden said Boston is different - and worth the difficult conversations he said he's had with his mayor and even governor - because of its role in helping set the national educational agenda.
Parents in Richmond, Va., are signing a petition to convince their current school superintendent, Dana Bedden from moving to Boston if he's offered the superintendent's job here.
Bedden, being interviewed in Boston today, is one of four finalists for the job left vacant when Carol Johnson left in 2013. The School Committee expects to pick one of the four on March 3 for consideration by Mayor Walsh.
At least one candidate for Boston school superintendent already knows how challenging BPS can be: Starting in 2002, he spent six years as principal of the chronically underperforming Dever School on Columbia Point.
In an interview with School Committee members today, Guadalupe Guerrero said his experiences - both good and bad - helped shape the way he took on his next job as an administrator with the San Francisco Unified School District, and how he would try to take BPS into the future.
Scraping by in Boston is a blog by, well, somebody who was already scraping by when we got hit by all the business-closing snow:
A superintendent search committee today recommended four candidates to the School Committee and Mayor Walsh; none from either Boston or Massachusetts:
The Globe reports interim School Superintendent John McDonough will name the specific schools within two weeks.
UPDATE: No, they can't - Mayor Walsh just postponed the parade to Wednesday.
Just got The Call again: No school on Tuesday in BPSville.
So kids can go root on the Patriots on Boylston or Tremont. But let's make it a learning experience: Kids, do you know the warning signs of frostbite?
We got The Call this evening. Kidlet's response: A quiet "Yeah!"
In a statement, Mayor Walsh said:
Gov. Baker said he's lifting the eastern-Massachusetts driving ban at midnight, but Mayor Walsh said that doesn't mean everybody should go out and release their pent-up driving urges. He said he's keeping the ban on parking on key roads "until further notice:"
Boston is still in the middle of a winter storm of historic proportions. People should only be driving under emergency circumstances. We are doing everything we can to dig out and stay on top of every safety concern, but we need everyone's co-operation. It is not time for anyone to relax or get complacent.
In his State of the City address, Mayor Walsh said he wants to set up the authority to fund the state-of-the-art schools he said Boston schoolkids deserve.
He said the authority will start with overhauls of the Boston Arts Academy in the Fenway and the upper Quincy School - and creation of a ten-year facilities plan for all Boston schools.
Walsh also announced a program with software company SAP to help Charlestown High School students take technology classes at Bunker Hill Community College.
He also addressed the more general issue of the state of Boston Public Schools:
UPDATE: School has been called off for the day in Boston.
School districts across the region may be shutting down or delaying openings tomorrow, but Boston public schools will be open on their regular schedules. But don't worry: BPS is posting links to helpful hints on staving off frostbite.
Mayor Walsh today announced he has appointed Regina Robinson, dean of students at Cambridge College to the Boston School Committee, to fill the vacancy left with the resignation of the Rev. Gregory Groover.
Robinson had previously served as associated dean of women at Liberty University in Lynchburg, VA, from which she has a bachelor's in speech communications and a master's in counseling.
Robinson has served as a team member since 2010 at the Roosevelt K-8 School Inclusion Program in Hyde Park, where she lives with her husband and four children.
The mayor's office adds:
Mayor Walsh and Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman today announced agreement on a plan to add 40 minutes to the school day at the 60 elementary and middle schools in Boston that don't already have them.
Walsh said the move is a major step to ensuring "a world-class education for every student in the city." He said experience elsewhere and in Boston schools that already have longer days, such as the Trotter and Orchard Garden, show the extra time translates into better test scores, better educations and better beginnings for life.
MassLive.com reports on Nicole Bollerman, a teacher at UP Academy.
All Lives Matter
BY Deb CH 2014
You may think I deserved to die
My family still will mourn, grieve, and cry
Do they have the right
Or just pretend I did not exist
Innocent victims in harms way
Never to live another day
Such a damn shame we say
Police running to save a life
Soldiers facing war and strife
SWAT in the midst of a hostage crisis
CIA, FBI chasing ISIS
First responders on the scene
Firefighters in the heat and flame
Someone died, now who to blame
All lives matter
Young or old
WBZ reports the all-male school is dealing with issues of students taking "inappropriate" photos of female teachers and other workers, including some upskirting.
Parent Imperfect notes that that recent report on unequal treatment of black and Latino boys in BPS proposes limiting admission to the three exam schools to kids who were in BPS in grades 5 and 6 - which would mean no more students from private or parochial schools or among kids whose parents moved to Boston in the year before the ISEE exams.
The goal would be to make the student composition of the exam schools more closely reflect the composition of the BPS, as a whole. Iâ€™ve seen proposals like this before (even made some), but at least in my memory, Iâ€™ve not seen a proposal like either of these in a document endorsed by the BPS.