At a school already roiling over the way its two co-leaders were put on leave just before the start of the school year, parents at the Mission Hill K-8 School in Jamaica Plain now have to wonder why BPS removed two grade 5 and 6 teachers one recent Friday afternoon.
Parents could demand answers to what's going on - and to the question of whether BPS is now trying to dismantle the school - during the public-comment period in this afternoon's School Committee meeting.
In an online petition demanding meetings and answers, parents say BPS administrators have refused to give them any answers - even as they kept parents in the dark on the afternoon of Sept. 10, when the two teachers were removed.
"BPS did not inform families of this action in any way -- keeping parents in the dark even as students returned to school on Monday," the petition states, adding that with the removals, "there are no longer any lead teachers of color above the kindergarten level." BPS did not respond to e-mail from Universal Hub about the two teachers.
Last month, just before school started,, BPS put Mission Hill co-leaders Geralyn McLaughlin and Jenerra Williams on paid leave as it investigated the way a gender-non-conforming student was allegedly bullied for several years.
That coincided with BPS agreeing to a $650,000 settlement with parents of students who say the school did nothing to keep one young student from repeatedly sexually assaulting and bullying their children, also students at the school.
Both sets of incidents happened during the administration of then school Principal Ayla Gavins.
The petition adds:
Given how little communication there has been from the district, we cannot help but see this as a strategy to undo our participatory, community-run school.
We fear that BPS may be working to destabilize the school in order to close it.
The articles that have appeared in the press do not fully capture the diverse, passionate, and caring school that our children attend.