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By adamg - 4/9/24 - 1:08 pm
Rendering of proposed expanded lower Conservatory school

Bird-enhanced rendering of proposed new school front by CBT.

The Zoning Board of Appeal today approved plans by the Conservatory Lab Charter School to add a cafeteria, gym and new classroom to its K1-to-grade-2 school at 131 Hancock St. in Dorchester. Read more.

By adamg - 2/21/24 - 11:16 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports teachers at the Neighborhood House Charter School, which has 800 K-12 students, have voted to form a union and to affiliate with the BTU, which represents BPS educators.

By adamg - 8/8/19 - 6:03 pm

The Croft School of Providence plans to build a K-6 school in the space once occupied by the now defunct Harvest Co-op Market on Washington Street. Read more.

By adamg - 2/13/19 - 10:49 am
Neighborhood House Charter School expansion rendering

Architect's rendering.

Neighborhood House Charter School has filed plans with the BPDA to add 12 classrooms and a gym in a three-story extension to its Queen Street school. Read more.

By adamg - 4/25/18 - 9:34 am

The Supreme Judicial Court ruled yesterday that there is no constitutional guarantee of a seat in a charter school and that the state can continue to limit the total number of charter-school seats. Read more.

By adamg - 2/14/18 - 8:21 pm

The Herald reports the teachers have voted to join the Boston Teachers Union.

By adamg - 2/13/18 - 2:40 pm
Conservatory Lab Charter School rendering

Architect's rendering. With birds.

The Board of Appeals today approved a new $25-million building for the Conservatory Lab Charter School on Columbia Road at Quincy Street. Read more.

By adamg - 10/19/17 - 11:51 am

WGBH is out with a poll that claims most Boston voters feel pretty darn good about their Hub and that that should be good news for Marty Walsh's election. But if you read down more than a couple of paragraphs, you see that it's mainly whites who feel that way: Read more.

By adamg - 9/12/17 - 12:26 pm

The State House News Service reports a New York group that wasted $15 million trying to convince us to increase the number of charter schools in the November elections has agreed to pay some $427,000 to the state for creating a way for people to hide their donations to the effort. It's the largest such settlement in state history.

By adamg - 5/26/17 - 10:52 am

CommonWealth reports the Massachusetts Teachers Association rejected a motion to congratulate Sydney Chaffee on being named National Teacher of the Year. She's a teacher at the Codman Academy in Dorchester, which is, gasp, a charter school.

By adamg - 12/5/16 - 5:23 pm
Protesters in Boston

Outside the State House.

About 250 demonstrators - split between BPS and college students - marched from the Common to the State House and City Hall today to urge Gov. Baker and Mayor Walsh to formally declare sanctuaries for not just undocumented immigrants but other minority groups, including lesbians, gays and transgender people as we move into the Trump era. Read more.

By adamg - 11/15/16 - 10:13 am
Globe headline

Um, what?

Yesterday, the Globe ran a story about the charter-expansion results in Boston with the headline: In Boston, charter vote reflected racial divide.

Yeah, because black people voted overwhelmingly against the expansion of charter schools. Unfortunately for whoever wrote the headline, the map the Globe ran right under that headline shows that white people voted overwhelmingly against charter expansion as well: Read more.

By adamg - 11/13/16 - 4:35 pm
By adamg - 11/2/16 - 9:31 am

The Globe reports the Moody's rating service is warning that passage of Question 2, which would increase the number of charter schools in Massachusetts, could hurt Boston's credit rating. WBUR reports the Yes on 2 people stuck Obama's picture on a flyer even though the president has taken no position on the question (unlike Bernie Sanders).

By adamg - 10/19/16 - 9:27 am

WBUR is out with results of a ballot-question poll that shows recreational marijuana and more space for chickens winning, expansion of charter schools and letting that one guy build a slots parlor in Revere losing.

By adamg - 10/5/16 - 8:52 pm

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.

By adamg - 10/3/16 - 3:57 pm

William Brownsberger (D-2nd Suffolk and Middlesex, which includes Allston/Brighton and the Fenway), writes today he will vote no on Question 2, which would allow for more charter schools in the state, in part because he fears Boston's unique makeup could lead to a destabilization of its public-school system if the measure passed. Read more.

By adamg - 9/13/16 - 8:18 am

WBUR self reports on its 2016 referendum polling. Also, we like the idea of banning tiny cages for chickens.

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