Boston Public Schools

By - 5/18/17 - 8:40 am

The Globe reports BPS plans to replace the old postal warehouse in the Fenway now used for the city arts high school with a new building designed as an arts building from the beginning.

By - 5/13/17 - 12:23 pm

The BPS Exam School Initiative, which aims to boost minority enrollment in the city's exam schools through free exam prep classes, held an open house at Boston Latin School this morning. School Superintendent Tommy Chang tweeted the following at Kenny Jervis, a longtime BPS parent advocate (and as you can see, cc'ed the mayor): Read more.

By - 5/9/17 - 8:51 pm
Henninger

Troy Henninger yesterday announced his resignation as Boston Latin Academy headmaster at the end of this term next month, two years after he took the job.

His resignation comes a year after the headmasters at Boston's other two exam schools resigned. Read more.

By - 5/9/17 - 9:34 am

In a victory for an anti-affirmative action group suing Harvard, a federal judge this morning ordered Boston Latin School to produce all data and "all internal communications" related to any concerns at BLS about the racial composition of Harvard's admission policies - and to have one of its officials made available to discuss the issue under oath. Read more.

By - 4/15/17 - 10:13 am

The Herald reports how one creative BPS department got to pay a $1,000-a-day consultant even though BPS policy forbids paying more than $40 an hour without the superintendent's approval, which it didn't have.

By - 4/14/17 - 2:55 pm

Boston Police report arresting a Roslindale teen near Burke High School, 60 Washington St. in Dorchester, on gun charges after school yesterday. Read more.

By - 4/7/17 - 11:26 pm

Officers investigating lights on at the Washington Irving School on Cummins Highway around 11 p.m. saw four males in their mid-teens run out. They nabbed three of them on Cummins Highway and on Hawthorne Street - one with the help of a search dog - and recovered a projector.

By - 4/5/17 - 3:18 pm
Tanya Freedom-Wisdom

Tanya Freeman-Wisdom, who has been serving as interim headmaster at the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, was today announced as the school's permanent headmaster.

The O'Bryant lost its most recent headmaster in June. Unlike at Boston Latin School, whose headmaster resigned after a year of racial tension, there was little controversy - Nicole Gittens left to become a deputy school superintendent in Brookline. Read more.

By - 3/23/17 - 1:31 pm
Skerritt

School Superintendent Tommy Chang announced today he's chosen Rachel Skerritt as Boston Latin School headmaster.

Skerritt, a Dorchester native and BLS graduate, is currently deputy chief of leadership development for the District of Columbia Public Schools. Read more.

By - 3/14/17 - 3:19 pm

Mayor Walsh says he'd rather err on the side of caution. All other city departments will be open.

The city snow emergency ends at 7 a.m. tomorrow, which means you have 48 hours from that point to hold onto any spaces you shoveled out.

In the spirit of Tom Menino, he said the city's main focus today is "clearing the major artillleries."

By - 3/13/17 - 4:21 pm

Mayor Walsh announced this afternoon that with a possible blizzard about to unleash on our heads, an official city snow emergency goes into effect at 7 a.m., which means you can't park on designated snow-emergency routes. Read more.

By - 3/9/17 - 9:10 am

City councilors yesterday urged the School Committee to declare a formal "sanctuary school" policy that would prohibit ICE agents from entering BPS schools and facilities without "explicit permission" from both the school superintendent and the Suffolk County district attorney. Read more.

By - 2/25/17 - 12:52 pm

BPS: We Dream Together is available in English, Arabic, Cape Verdean and Haitian Creole, Chinese, Portuguese, Somali, Spanish and Vietnamese.

By - 2/23/17 - 10:03 pm
Trans rights rally in Post Office Square in Boston

Trans rights march in Post Office Square, where DoE has offices. Photo by Jed Hresko.

Both Mayor Walsh and School Superintendent Tommy Change reaffirmed their commitment to protecting transgender students, the day after the Trump administration told schools they no longer had to do so - and never mind he once promised to protect them.

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said: Read more.

By - 2/22/17 - 10:43 am

Kristin Johnson runs the numbers on the proposed BPS budget for the coming school year, finds that "49 schools are losing a total of $11.47 million [in funding]" under a BPS budget released earlier this month.

The cuts are related in part to declining enrollment at the schools, but they also mean some schools would lose positions - such as librarians - that threaten their accreditation and possibly accelerate their downward spirals, she writes.

By - 2/16/17 - 2:40 pm

Boston Police report arresting a 17-year-old after a school-police officer found "a 7.65 caliber Deutsche Werke handgun loaded with a single round of ammunition" around 8:30 this morning.

The student was charged with being delinquent for unlawful possession of a firearm, unlawful possession of ammunition and unlawful possession of a large-capacity feeding device, police say.

By - 2/12/17 - 4:13 pm

The city just announced Boston Public Schools are closed on Monday.

For adults, another snow emergency starts at 8 p.m. - so no parking on designated emergency routes (but when it's all over, you get another 48 hours to claim your space, wherever it is you wound up parking).

By - 2/9/17 - 1:11 pm

Mayor Walsh just announced that BPS schools will be closed tomorrow. "I'd rather be safe with our kids than not," he said.

By - 2/8/17 - 3:38 pm

BPS has just canceled school for Thursday.

By - 2/3/17 - 12:33 pm
Unhappy teachers at Excel High School

Unhappy Excel teachers with pink slips. Photo by Rajeeve Martyn.

The Herald reports 90% of the teachers at Excel High School and and Brighton High School will be let go as of March 1 - although they will be allowed to re-apply for their jobs - as BPS tries to right the schools, which have struggled with test scores.