In his state of the city address tonight, Mayor Walsh proposed projects - some of which will require approval from the state legislature - to improve Boston Public Schools. Read more.
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BPS announced yesterday it will spend $14 million to add 40 minutes to the school day at an extra 39 schools starting in the fall of 2017.
The move means 23,000 BPS students will now be covered by the extended-day program, which officials say leads to better standardized-test scores.
Six students at West Roxbury Academy and Urban Science Academy were transported to a local hospital today after "exhibiting signs of illness," BPS says in a statement: Read more.
Reducing the overall number of start times could save the city money by reducing the number of buses needed, but could screw up families who choose a school based on their current start times, the Globe reports.
WBUR reports on the School Committee's vote last night on the Mattahunt School, which came despite a plea - and a plan - from school parents.
A motorist snapped this photo of the back of a BPS bus on Chelsea Street in Charlestown this morning.
UPDATE: BPS reports:
Boston Public Schools does not tolerate hateful speech and is committed to fostering a safe and welcoming environment for all. The offensive writing on school bus #WB924 was immediately removed once it was brought to our attention today.
This morning, Boston School Superintendent Tommy Chang tweeted:
Students, we âť¤ď¸Ź you. You are intelligent & beautiful. We are here for you today & always. Please share your feelings today.
UPDATE: BPS is offering counseling for "students who may be having a difficult time processing any fears or concerns they may have."
The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports a meeting between residents and city and BPS officials on the issue immediately got off to a bad start when one BPS official basically told residents they were racists who don't want minority kids in their neighborhood.
UPDATE: BPS forwarded this statement: Read more.
The Dorchester Reporter reports on action by BPS at the Mattahunt School that will, among other things, stave off a state takeover of the schools as its turned into an "early education center" for pre-school, kindergarten and grade 1 students.
Boston Police today arrested a 12-year-old student who arrived at the Trotter Innovation School, 135 Humboldt Ave., with an unloaded gun.
Boston Public Schools released a transcript of the robo-call school Principal Mairead Nolan made to parents about the incident: Read more.
Yes, it's come to this: Boston Public Schools today sent messages to parents that clowns are not a menace in Boston: Read more.
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.
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