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School Superintendent Tommy Chang said outreach efforts by BPS and the Boston Latin School Association to get more minority students into prep classes for the ISEE class worked. Read more.
When School Superintendent Tommy Chang named Michael Contompasis as interirm headmaster at Boston Latin School in June, he held a press conference at City Hall with Mayor Walsh and an assortment of name-brand school alumni. Then, last month, BPS made Contompasis available for interviews by local media outlets.
No similar fanfare, or, indeed, any at all, has accompanied Chang's appointment of Tanya Freeman-Wisdom as interim headmaster at the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science in Roxbury, another one of the city's three exam schools.
WBUR interviews Michael Contompasis on his return to the school he once led; he says he's trying to figure out a social-media policy for "acceptable behavior" online. Also, BLS has hired a full-time staffer just to communicate with parents; whom he promises will be notified as soon as some sort of incident happens at the school.
No, this has nothing to do with Boston Latin. The Globe reintroduces us to Queon Jackson.
The last we'd heard of him, BPS had put the Madison Park headmaster on leave in 2013 due to a Secret Service investigation into credit-card fraud. He was never charged. BPS never gave him another job, but kept paying him - and he used the $375,000 he earned to start an artisanal ice-pop concern in Delaware - where he told a magazine he moved because of a relative's health issues. Only now he's back in Boston, or, at least back on the official BPS payroll as a "special assistant" in the Bolling Building.
The City Council voted 11-2 today to oppose what two called the pending "catastrophe" of expanding charter schools in Massachusetts. Read more.
Boston Public Schools today announced a new service this fall that will let middle-school and high-school students get a morning wake-up call - voiced by Big Papi. Read more.
In September, the Boston School Committee will debate whether to oppose a ballot question that would lift the state's cap on new charter schools. Read more.
UPDATE: Story rewritten to take into account BPS comments.
WGBH reports School Superintendent Tommy Chang is looking at a plan that would require exam-school applicants be enrolled in a BPS school in fifth or sixth grade to apply to one of the city's three exam schools - as a way of dealing with the minority-enrollment issue at Boston Latin School. Read more.
The Dig introduces us to some of the kids at Community Academy in Jamaica Plain, "an alternative BPS high school that is often a last resort for youth who are in danger of leaving or being expelled from the system."
The state Attorney General's office ruled last month that a committee composed of representatives of the city's public, charter and Catholic schools that is looking at ways to change how kids enroll in local schools and how the three systems share resources is not a "public" body and so can meet in private and not post meeting minutes or even alert the public to meetings to begin with. Read more.
The leaders of the Boston Latin School Association, which represents alumni at the city's oldest exam school, are ripping the idea of a BPS committee with no BLS representation coming up with ways to change the way students get into the school to increase the number of black and Hispanic students.
"News of a secret working group examining admission policy is quite unsettling," association Chairwoman Charmane Higgins and association President Peter Kelly write in a letter today to School Superintendent Tommy Chang. A copy of the letter was posted to the We Are BLS Facebook group. Read more.
A gaggle of city and school officials will gather in City Hall today, along with "elected leaders and community members," to announce who is temporarily replacing Lynne Mooney Teta as headmaster of the nation's oldest public school.
The recent issues at BLS being reported by the media are indicators of a larger problem within the City of Boston, and it's time for constituents of Boston's legislators and officials to hold those truly responsible accountable for their inaction.
BPS says it will appoint an interim headmaster for Boston Latin School next week as officials begin what they say is a national effort to find a replacement for Lynne Mooney Teta, who resigned this week.
Meanwhile, BPS has yet to say publicly what process it will use to replace Nicole Gittens, who is resigning as headmaster at the O'Bryant School.
In a letter to Boston Latin students, teachers, staff, alumni and parents ... Read more.
Some 100 Boston Latin School parents and alumni - and some students - rallied on the steps of the school this morning to show their support for Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and Assistant Headmaster Malcolm Flynn - and to demand a seat at the table for discussions on selecting the next headmaster at the exam school. Read more.
Peter Kadzis basically livetweeted an angry meeting of Mayor Walsh, Superintendent Tommy Chang and BLS teachers. Teachers demanded Walsh and Chang refuse resignations from Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta and Assistant Headmaster Malcolm Flynn, Walsh got mad, Chang told teachers not to pull that sort of thing in front of the media but they did anyway.
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