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By adamg - 10/1/21 - 11:57 pm

Yes, three Boston School Committee members got all racist. And, yes, city attorneys screwed up in trying to withhold evidence of racially-tinged texts by two of them from a parents group suing over the way kids got invited to the exam schools this year. But no, the plan used to invite students without exams was not racist, a federal judge ruled today - again. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/20 - 1:42 am
Boston School Committee and School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius

Student member Khymani James speaks during School Committee discusion early this morning.

Update: School Committee chairman resigns over "hot-mic" comments.

The Boston School Committee voted unanimously early this morning to suspend the use of an exam to decide who gets into the city's three exam schools for the next year because of a raft of problems brought up by the Covid-19 pandemic, in a meeting that lasted more than 8 1/2 hours. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 9:19 am

The Bay State Banner reports the BPS's Opportunity and Achievement Gap Task Force unanimously urged a one-year halt on exams because of Covid-19 - just as some colleges are doing with SATs, two days before BPS announced it would be using a test from a non-profit testing concern.

By adamg - 7/6/20 - 9:52 am

BPS last week announced it will use an exam developed by NWEA, an Oregon-based testing non-profit, for the city's three exam schools: Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy and the O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/19 - 1:39 pm

WFXT reports on the situation at English High School in Jamaica Plain and the O'Bryant School and Madison Park, next to each other in Roxbury. The schools were put in "safe" mode," in which students and teachers try to go on with their days normally even as all external doors are locked to keep people out; the schools are now back to regular mode.

By adamg - 4/5/17 - 3:18 pm
Tanya Freedom-Wisdom

Tanya Freeman-Wisdom, who has been serving as interim headmaster at the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, was today announced as the school's permanent headmaster.

The O'Bryant lost its most recent headmaster in June. Unlike at Boston Latin School, whose headmaster resigned after a year of racial tension, there was little controversy - Nicole Gittens left to become a deputy school superintendent in Brookline. Read more.

By adamg - 9/1/16 - 12:06 pm
Tanya Freeman-Wisdom

Tanya Freeman-Wisdom, from the O'Bryant Web site.

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. Read more.

By adamg - 6/28/16 - 1:10 pm

At a press conference to announce the new interim BLS headmaster today, School Superintendent Tommy Chang said he will appoint an interim O'Bryant headmaster "in coming weeks." Read more.

By adamg - 6/22/16 - 11:51 pm

Nicole Gittens, headmaster at the O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, is leaving Boston to become deputy superintendent of teaching and learning in neighboring Brookline, Brookline Schools announced today.

Gittens became O'Bryant headmaster in 2014; her last day is June. 30.

Before the O'Bryant, she was headmaster at the Urban Science Academy.

By adamg - 11/30/15 - 12:36 pm

Around 12:20 p.m. outside the school on Malcolm X Boulevard.

As the victim was rushed to the hospital, the school was put into lockdown - as were the neighboring Madison Park High School and the nearby Timilty Middle School.

By adamg - 3/17/15 - 2:35 pm

Police are looking for three people for a knifepoint robbery around 2:20 p.m. in back of the O'Bryant School on Malcolm X Boulevard.

The suspects are described as a Hispanic male, 5'6" in a gray hoodie and sweatpants, a Hispanic male, 5'8" in jeans and a blue NorthFace jacket with a white hoodie underneath and a black male, 6'2" in a black hoodie and white sneakers.

They stole their victim's iPhone, then ran off.

By adamg - 11/29/14 - 10:58 am

Parent Imperfect notes that that recent report on unequal treatment of black and Latino boys in BPS proposes limiting admission to the three exam schools to kids who were in BPS in grades 5 and 6 - which would mean no more students from private or parochial schools or among kids whose parents moved to Boston in the year before the ISEE exams.

The goal would be to make the student composition of the exam schools more closely reflect the composition of the BPS, as a whole. I’ve seen proposals like this before (even made some), but at least in my memory, I’ve not seen a proposal like either of these in a document endorsed by the BPS.

By adamg - 11/25/14 - 2:53 pm

Around 2:10 p.m. as students were being dismissed. Not considered life threatening.

Suspect: Black male, 5'8" or 5'9" wearing all black, including a fitted black cap. May have run towards the Dudley T stop.

BPS provided a transcript of the robocall that went out to parents:

By adamg - 8/22/13 - 2:47 pm

The Bay State Banner reports. BPS has had problems finding a permanent headmaster for the exam school since Rodney Peterson resigned last year after news got out about his domestic-violence issue.

By adamg - 7/8/12 - 10:48 am

The Globe details how School Superintendent Carol Johnson did nothing after then O'Bryant co-headmaster Rodney Peterson pleaded guilty to domestic violence and applied for a new job in Memphis - and may have promised to keep that up as long as news didn't leak out (which it did). But the kicker to the whole thing is in the very last two paragraphs:

By adamg - 6/15/12 - 10:29 am

UPDATE: The Globe reports Peterson has resigned his O'Bryant position.

Rodney Peterson, co-headmaster of the John D. O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science, was a finalist to become principal of a Memphis middle school, but withdrew his name after a Memphis TV station reported he was on probation on a domestic-violence charge in Boston.

By adamg - 5/27/10 - 4:25 pm

Boston Police report Nichol Nazario, 16, hasn't been seen since 7 a.m. on May 19, when her mother dropped her off at the Forest Hills T stop for the trip to the O'Bryant School.

If you know where she is or have seen her, contact District E-18 detectives at 617-343-5607 or the anonymous tip line by calling 800-494-TIPS or texting TIP to CRIME (27463).

By adamg - 4/23/10 - 8:21 am

City Councilor John Tobin wants a year-long residency requirement just to take the ISEE test that helps determine whether a kid gets accepted into either of the two Latin schools or the O'Bryant.

Ed. Note: Despite what the story, in a Boston newspaper, says, it only takes sweat and tears - and hard work - to get into an exam school. No blood is normally shed.

By adamg - 11/21/09 - 7:35 pm

Pops posts photos from today's Boston Tech Day at the O'Bryant School.

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