Mayor appoints longtime advocate for Latino learning to School Committee

 Alexandra Oliver-Davila

Alexandra Oliver-Davila, executive director of Sociedad Latina, will be sworn in as a member of the Boston School Committee today.

In a statement, Mayor Walsh said:

Her experience focusing on building strong partnerships and creating opportunities for young people in the City of Boston will add to a cadre of leaders serving in this capacity.

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When does she

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announce the first school closing? Before or after the new Charter School announcement?

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Well

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...there are fewer kids than there were 10 years ago yet we spend hundreds of millions more, so why not?

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There may be fewer children

There may be fewer children in BPS but the demand is still there. Lots of parents don't want to deal with the lottery or do not get their choices, so they opt out of BPS and go to private. Or those parents move out of the city. You could open more schools in many neighborhoods and easily fill the seats.

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Unaffordable

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Based on BPS own numbers, we really can't afford to have any more kids attend BPS. If those 20K eligible but unenrolled kids were suddenly part of BPS, there would be a real funding crisis.

I don't buy there's a change in demand really. Parents have been moving out of the city when their kids turn four for decades at this point, or going private. So sure, you could build a k-8 in West Roxbury and fill it tomorrow but that's been true for a long, long time.

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I'm not sure -- I would bet

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I'm not sure -- I would bet the kids whose parents live in Boston but are spending the funds to send them to private or who have parents stable and well employed enough to have means to buy suburban housing aren't the same kids costing the system 45k / head in behavioral / English language learning / SPED issues, which is why the average cost / pupil is so high (in terms of the money actually going to schools instead of the bloated admin, which is the REAL cost)

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I'll take that bet

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You're probably right that it would cost less to educate those kids on top of the current BPS population, but the fundamentals of having that many more teachers, staff, etc... would still be overwhelming.

If you round off the numbers, we spend $1b to educate 50k kids, or $20000 per kid. Let's say these opt out kids were such angels, that we could educate them for 1/2 of the current kids - $10000. You'd still need $200m more in the school budget for those 20k kids.

I don't think we have that kind of money kicking around the city coffers at this point considering there would be no additional funding available because after all, everyone pays for the schools already regardless of whether their kids attend them.

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Would you rather have your

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Would you rather have your tax dollars pay for empty seats in a district school?

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What is...

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Latino Learning?

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From their Web site

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Latinos face a unique set of challenges including language barriers, immigration status, family mobility, poverty and low-performing schools. With more than 40 years of experience working with the Latino community, Sociedad Latina is well-prepared to address these challenges. Our programs are research-based and data-driven. And year after year, we celebrate the successes of the youth as they graduate from high school, enter college, receive job offers and grow into competent, confident, self-sufficient adults who will lead positive change in their community.

Pathways programs are designed to build skills in four areas: Education, Workforce Development, Civic Engagement, and Arts & Culture. Our research-based programs were developed based on community assessments in which our constituents told us which services Latino youth in our community needed most.

Through educational, cultural, social, emotional and professional supports rooted in the community, Sociedad Latina empowers youth to succeed at school, build critical 21st century and workforce development skills, take pride in their culture, and engage in their community. Youth and families in the Pathways grow long-term relationships with staff who consistently hold youth to high standards and connect them with needed support services, whether within Sociedad Latina or through our wide referral network.

More.

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Comes with..

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Some free 'swag' and a picture of 'parcel 19.'

"Endeavor to persevere."

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Well

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Now we know what Stephen Murphy will be doing.

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