Bill Clinton's getting an award at the Harvard School of Public Health next Thursday and the kids at Boston Latin School couldn't be more thrilled. Not because they get to mingle with Bubba, because they don't, but because the fact the award is being given across Avenue Louis Pasteur from the school means they all get out of school 2 1/2 hours early so the city can shut the street or something.
There he was, at the other end of the line at 6:03 a.m.: BPS Robocall Guy, alerting us that school buses are rolling in the city of Boston today, but cautioning that, as parents, we should continue to maintain contingency plans, just in case.
The Globe reports the bus company has put two union leaders on leave.
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 the Boston Public Schools during the disruption.
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:
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. We expect that every major city will join this national program in the next few years - and we are able to put Bostonâ€™s families at the forefront."
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.
Greg Cook explains what makes Chuckie Harris Park, which opened yesterday, different:
By building the slides into the hills at Harris Park, GroundView makes them handicapped accessible. And climbing back to the top of the slide is made into an adventure by asking children to scale the hill with climbing grips or aided by rope. To welcome a variety of ages, two of the park's four swings are set about a foot and a half higher than usual, Dutcher says, to better fit teens and adults. (The big slide is similarly accommodating to larger bodies.) A toddler area offers a third slide, springy cars and a shelter.
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 going on forever. But it is especially stupid and even cruel this year, when kids who can't simply skip the entire week (because they were out sick earlier in the year and are bumping up against their limits for absences) have to try to survive extreme heat and humidity in buildings with no air conditioning that were locked tight over a hot weekend.
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.
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.
Georgy Cohen has started a list of places that are particularly accommodating for breastfeeding mothers.
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.
In an e-mail to members, organizers say they reached their breaking point last month after a fatally injured man was pulled out of the harbor near the park, possibly as the result of a fight in the park.
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 this one.
DA Dan Conley's office says it will work with Gabriel's parents for legislation: