Just because your stroller is too large to fit in your Charlestown townhouse doesn't mean you can chain it to a street sign every night. At least, not without somebody complaining to the city about it.
The Boston chapter of TAG (Teacher Activist Groups) which is a national coalition of grassroots teacher organizing groups is up and running and their new website recently launched. You can check it out here:
There are already some interesting posts regarding Boston student assignment and videos about the potential school closings.... Read more
The owner of a school-van service was arraigned yesterday on charges he sexually assaulted a young girl in one of his vans on the way home from school on Tuesday.
Sergio Lara, 53, was ordered held in lieu of $100,000 bail at his arraignment in Chelsea District Court on charges of rape of a... Read more
BJ Ray doesn't get why people are organizing protests over the closing of the Hi-Lo but not the Agassiz School:
Boston Public School administration has given the school the kiss-off and, it would seem, is readying it for private development. For a school whose majority percentage of students were minorities in the community, this should be greater cause for alarm than an organic food... Read more
At-large City Councilor Ayanna Pressley today called for a comprehensive sex-education program and for easier availability of condoms in Boston schools.
"Not taking action, now that would be controversial. It would also be cowardly and counter to what I believe the role of government is - to solve problems and make people's lives better," she said at a hearing.
Pressley said she was not advocating... Read more
The Massachusetts Appeals Court ruled today a woman who claimed to be the daughter of an East Boston parking-lot owner could share in his estate even if none of the man's relatives had ever heard of her - or even if she was not his biological daughter.
At issue is a $32-million estate left by Lou DeSanctis, who, despite having made millions running contracting businesses... Read more
It's getting to the point where you need more than your hands to count the number of snow days around here, which means summer vacations will start a bit later than usual for a lot of kids.
In Boston, the last day of school has moved from June 21 to the 27th. But it won't go much further: the teachers contract stipulates that school ... Read more
NSFW profane language... Read more
So another day with the kiddos.
The Herald reports the MBTA has suspended a driver who basically locked a bunch of Boston Latin School students in and then took them for an angry ride off her route after some pranksters kept pushing the stop strip and wouldn't fess up. Among the mini-hostages: Tom Menino's granddaughter.
With a six-year-old at home, Christine Koh surveys local parents to find the going rate for teeth under pillows: She reports rates as high as $10 a tooth, adds:
[N]o, it's not because I co-mingle with high society in a wealthy Boston district or suburb. In fact, when I tell people where I (very happily) live, usually their first (rather clueless) question is, "Aren't... Read more
Wicked Local Brookline reports on the Devotion School's plan for bringing back the pledge.
Tom Menino used a speech before business leaders this morning to call for a new teacher contract that would let the city tie teacher pay to student performance, extend the school day and give principals more flexibility in assigning teachers. Also, the city needs to finally re-district its elementary-school assignment zones so it can spend more on education and less on busing, he said, adding... Read more
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.