Mayor Walsh said today he'll be adding $15 million to the BPS budget for the coming year to guaranteed a pre-K seat for every four-year-old in Boston.
The money will pay for enough teachers, supplies and equipment to add 750 more pre-K seats in BPS, which Walsh says is enough to ensure no child is turned away from K-1 programs.
The Globe reports state education officials say Roxbury Prep's suspension rate - way, way, way higher than the state average - is too high. The demand comes as Roxbury seeks city approval to build a new high school in Roslindale.
City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George said today that, like school districts across the country, BPS has been conducting drills with teachers on what to do should a shooter enter a local school. But, she said at a City Council meeting today, local teachers aren't getting shot with pellet guns. Read more.
There are many inequities in the Boston Public School System. Many Boston residents are unaware of this. Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale will be hosting an event on April 9 to provide an opportunity to learn about these inequities. Progressive WRox/Roz has joined with NAACP-Boston, Lawyers for Civil Rights, JP Progressives, Downtown Progressives, Citizens for Public Schools, QUEST, and several other groups to form the Boston Coalition for Education Equity.
Former City Councilor John Connolly is back in the Boston spotlight, with a new parenting group he says will help cut through an impenetrable BPS system that makes it difficult for parents to figure out why things happen the way they do and help them figure out what to do about it. Read more.
Felicity Huffman is getting the most attention, but an admissions-bribery ring detailed in a federal indictment released today has some direct Boston-area ties as well.
Among those named in the indictment, charged with conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud: John B. Wilson, 59, formerly of Lynnfield, who allegedly paid $1.2 million in bribes to get his children accepted to USC, Stanford and Harvard, based in part on athletic skills they didn't really have. Read more.
The Globe reports.
The Boston Fire Department is thanking James and Joshua, two Roslindale kids who shoveled out one of the city's roughly 13,000 hydrants today.
Meanwhile, City Councilor Matt O'Malley is once again giving out JP Licks gift certificates to any kids who tag him (or whose parents tag him) with a photo of them shoveling out a Boston hydrant.
No school in Boston tomorrow: The mayor has called the whole thing off, after looking at a forecast now calling for up to 10 inches, with a lot of that coming in the morning.
ScaryHiggy shows Charlie and Eli, both 5, who have built up enough stocks to have a classic snowball fight in West Roxbury.
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. Read more.
WBZ interviews Kerri and Brendan McGrath, whose 2-year-old son, Colin, died when two cars collided at L and East 6th streets and one ran into him last July. They've set up Colin's Joy Project to help build two playgrounds in his memory and to bring family-friendly programs to South Boston.
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.
Jessica Burko reports from Roslindale:
Afternoon activities canceled? Give ‘em a shovel.
Brittney Moon reports that the terror tom who had been going after students, teachers and parents for two weeks at the Haley School in Roslindale has a new home this morning: the Myles Standish Forest in Plymouth. Moon says that a sergeant from state Environmental Police managed to capture the angry walking party platter for transport way down the coast, far away from American Legion Highway.
WBUR reports on last night's 5-1 School Committee vote, in which members said the West Roxbury Education Complex is falling apart and there was just no place else in the system to put the West Roxbury Academy and Urban Science Academy. Parents were outraged.
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