Yes, it's come to this: Boston Public Schools today sent messages to parents that clowns are not a menace in Boston: Read more.
Boston Public Schools
The Boston School Committee voted unanimously tonight to urge a no vote on Question 2, which would expand the number of charter schools in Massachusetts.
Boston school officials first began pondering a no vote in July out of concern over the impact of the loss in state aid that could come if students move to new charter schools.
Brighton High School and Excel High School in South Boston have joined English High School on a list of schools performing badly enough on state standardized tests to warrant warnings the state could consider taking them over if BPS doesn't do enough to turn them around. Read more.
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.
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