By adamg on Thu, 02/28/2019 - 10:12am
The Boston City Council yesterday agreed with a request from Councilor Michael Flaherty (at large) to look at adding an optional 13th year to city high schools.
Flaherty said that while BPS has made great strides in just increasing graduation rates, many students are still finding their BPS educations have not fully prepared them for life beyond high school, and that they would benefit from an extra year of learning on everything from how to improve their SATs to picking up the skills that would help them land and keep a trade-based job.
He said he would like to look at ways to include the city's colleges - among the best in the world, of course - in providing this extra year of education, possibly as a way towards fulfilling their promises to make payments in lieu of taxes to the city.
The next step is for a hearing to be scheduled at which BPS officials and others could testify.