By - 6/15/12 - 10:29 am

UPDATE: The Globe reports Peterson has resigned his O'Bryant position.

Rodney Peterson, co-headmaster of the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, was a finalist to become principal of a Memphis middle school, but withdrew his name after a Memphis TV station reported he was on probation on a domestic-violence charge in Boston.

The Suffolk County District Attorney's office confirmed this morning... Read more

By - 6/7/12 - 3:16 pm

A student at Boston Latin School was recently diagnosed with tuberculosis and a small number of students and teachers who had been in close contact with him or her will be tested next week.

Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta informed students about the case today:

TB is both a curable and preventable disease. TB is not transmitted by brief contact (such as passing in the

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By - 6/6/12 - 6:55 am reports on a steaming controversy that pits dog owners vs. parents and other residents fed up with mounds of dog "caca" on neighborhood playing fields.

When a man with a large dark brown dog and a blond woman with a small white dog came 3 feat from shortstop, I said to them, "You can't have your dog off the lease and doing caca

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By - 6/3/12 - 9:51 pm

Nancy Bloom writes she was scheduled to be fired on June 1 in an annual ritual at her Hyde Park charter school. Instead, she quit May 31, tired of working 10-hour days for lower wages than her BPS counterparts, the mistrust by administrators, the weeks of dread leading up to June 1:

At least public schools and their unions have transparent guidelines for tenure

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By - 5/29/12 - 2:12 pm

Molly Bench alerts us to this Craigslist posting from Brookline:

Our soon-to-be turning 9 year old daughter wants a butler for her birthday. We are trying to indulge her. She imagines a butler is man she can boss around. He would also be well dressed and have a British accent (or at least a faux British accent).

We're looking for someone who

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By - 5/24/12 - 3:43 pm

School Superintendent Carol Johnson has released details of plans to ensure more students get to school on time in the coming school year.

For starters, BPS has already started mapping out bus routes for the fall, rather than waiting until later in the summer. BPS blamed new routing software for a busing crisis that saw hundreds of students getting to school seriously late,... Read more

By - 5/20/12 - 12:28 pm

Brian D'Amico reports a five-year-old was taken to the hospital in bad shape after being hit by a car outside 34 Whitten St. shortly before noon.... Read more

By - 5/16/12 - 2:23 pm

Mission Hill teddy bear explains the problems with moving Mission Hill K-8.

BPS officials are scheduled to explain a proposed $21-million school relocation plan to a skeptical City Council committee at a hearing that starts at 11 a.m. in the council's fifth-floor chambers in City Hall.

Under the proposal, two high schools, including New Mission High... Read more

By - 5/10/12 - 12:57 pm

Petition to Mayor Menino and Superintendent Johnson asking they keep the Mission Hill K-8 School where it is rather than moving it to the old Agassiz School in Jamaica Plain.

By - 5/9/12 - 2:49 pm

Boston Police report a Mascot Street youngster started up his mother's car and put it in revers this morning - causing it to roll across the street and slam into a neighbor's house:

Officers noted serious damage to both the rear body of the motor vehicle and the porch. The vehicle had struck the house with such force that it had appeared to

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By - 5/4/12 - 8:11 am

The Patriot Ledger rips the covers off a Quincy controversy: The local iParty sells party favors in the shape of male genitalia. The paper was tipped off by an outraged mother:

"Dora the Explorer balloons do not belong in the same store as dancing penises."

The Patriot Ledger dispatched a reporter, who confirmed that bachelorette-party accoutrements are, indeed, openly displayed on a shelf and... Read more

By - 4/25/12 - 5:44 pm

The barrage of news about bodily fluids continues, this time via a report on about an incident this past Friday at the playground at Christopher Columbus Park, two hours after a father called 911 to report homeless men sleeping in the playground equipment and blood everywhere:

The playground area was teeming with children and mothers. I walked around the equipment and to my

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By - 4/24/12 - 2:59 pm

City Councilor Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain and West Roxbury) says a top BPS official is telling the new headmaster and parents at the Margarita Muniz Academy it will only spend a year at the old Agassiz School and then be moved somewhere else.

Another top BPS official, Deputy Superintendent Michael Goar, told O'Malley and other councilors at a budget hearing this afternoon he could... Read more

By - 4/15/12 - 8:35 am

Parent Imperfect attended one of those hearings BPS held to solicit parent input on school assignment, came away concluding BPS already has a basic plan in place (more and smaller zones), based on the questions the facilitators asked. He also discusses a similar, smaller session held by City Councilor and Maybe Possible Mayoral Candidate John Connolly, who raised the question of whether "empowered" (i.e.,... Read more

By - 4/12/12 - 7:16 am

Boston Police report a 16-year-old student at the Codman Academy Charter School suffered an unspecified "life-threatening injury" around 3:30 p.m. and died at Children's Hospital. His death is a "non-homicide," police say, adding responding emergency workers found him in "cardiac arrest."

By - 4/4/12 - 6:44 am

The Globe reports BPS is scrambling to find more seats for the unexpectedly large number of kids whose parents applied for a seat for the coming school year.

Meanwhile, Cambridge officials face their own crisis: One kindergarten now has too many well off English-speaking kids.... Read more

By - 3/30/12 - 1:01 pm

Boston Police report that when basement windows along High and Green streets in Charlestown started getting broken on a regular basis, officers quickly identified a group of tweens as the culprits - thanks to vigilant members of the neighborhood crime watch.

The following evening [March 11] a concerned neighbor immediately called police after spotting the individuals believed to be responsible for the vandalism the

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By - 3/24/12 - 4:57 pm

After reading this Globe article, I had to know: Had she ever tried swallowing an entire spoonful of cinnamon?

No, she said, but she'd heard of a couple of kids who had.

Phew. Her mother and I are the lucky ones. Because as Ben Jackson reminds us, "cinnamon is the gateway for nutmeg."

But a parent's work is never done. R. Hookup ... Read more

By - 3/23/12 - 10:34 am

CommonHealth reports on one Wellesley teen's battle with what turned out to be endometriosis; one specialist, who like others misdiagnosed the problem, told her she'd just have to bear the pain.