Step aside, Roslindale. Back Bay? So passe. Jeffries Point in East Boston is where it's at, the Globe declares.
McKinsey & Co. set out to find the 20 most improved school systems in the world over the past decade or so; Boston was one of two US district to make the cut. McKinsey partly credits overall improvements in Massachusetts (now the US leader in public education, apparently), partly Tom Menino's good luck in appointing Thomas Payzant as superintendent (McKinsey looked at Boston data between... Read more
UPDATE: The Agassiz School in Jamaica Plain is one of the dozen schools that could close. See the comments for more.
The Globe previews tonight's School Committee meeting, at which Superintendent Carol Johnson will, again, propose shutting schools, including five of the six she had earlier called for closing (she wouldn't tell the Globe which of the six won the musical chairs). At issue:... Read more
Stefan Lanfer of Jamaica Plain faces that classic conundrum of Boston parents who believe in public-school educations: The dreaded school lottery. He begins to think about moving - like some of his friends and neighbors. But then, he realized just how special his neighborhood and city is:
For all of the effort and dollars now focused on trying to fix public schools, sometimes I... Read more
The Globe reports on School Superintendent Carol Johnson's report to the School Committee tonight.
At least, when it comes to standardized test scores.
Robert Burgess reports on an impromptu adventure with son Will this morning: A train ride from South Acton to Lincoln and back again:
There are plenty of chores and errands to run, but we want our little sponge to just soak up the experiences of life. Sure, we're sacrificing my full-time salary to help keep the house running, but that needs to be balanced... Read more
Yep, the 7th and 8th grade dance at Holy Name has just let out and parents of a couple hundred kids all have all converged on the rotary at the same time to pick their kids up.
The Herald reports on a meeting of the Boston School Committee.
The Dorchester Reporter alerts us that parents at the Clap School are organizing to keep the elementary school open rather than meekly submit to School Superintendent Carol Johnson's proposal to shut it as underperforming:
Parents say the figures don't tell the school's whole story and they argue the test scores are limited to a small subset of students. Twenty-six percent of the students are... Read more
Sweating profusely in the back seat of the locked vehicle with its windows rolled up as mom was in a Cambridge Street store exchanging something.
Boston Police report they are looking for Jeffrey Cooper, 15, last seen at his East Boston home around 9 p.m. on Friday, wearing blue jeans, black New Balance sneakers and glasses, and with a black and gray backpack.
Cooper, who is autistic and has trouble communicating, "enjoys riding trains... Read more
As we went out late this afternoon to pick up some food, we had to wait for a couple of moments to turn the car around because two woman were pushing urban assault strollers right down the middle of the street. Apparently, the sidewalks were too narrow for them to push their wide loads side by side to let them chat, so they decided to... Read more
The Boston University class of 2014 moved in this past Saturday and Sunday, and for some parents, it was a tough weekend.
The Globe reports on initial contract considerations by School Superintendent Carol Johnson. The city recently won a $22-million state grant to extend the school day by an hour at ten underperforming schools - most of the money will go to pay teachers for the extra daily time.
AlertNewEngland reports Boston Police set up a perimeter around the former St. Anne's School on Como Rd. this afternoon to catch some kids who allegedly broke in to tag up the roof. One of the kids escaped, but police got him in custody when his father brought him back to the school and turned him in.
The grants range from $1.2 million to $2.8 million and will help pay teachers who will oversee the extra 30 minutes a day of school time students will get. More details and list of schools.