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By adamg - 4/16/21 - 9:58 am

A group of White and Asian-American parents are appealing a judge's decision that the Boston School Committee did nothing wrong in the way it came up with a non-exam way to admit students to Boston's three exam schools for the coming school year. Read more.

By adamg - 4/13/21 - 9:30 pm
Pie chart showing how much more of a private endowment Boston Latin School has than every other BPS school

The parent group Quality Education for Every Student today released data and charts showing the differences between different BPS schools when it comes to private fundraising. One school obviously stands out.

By adamg - 4/7/21 - 10:13 pm

Rachel Skerrit, head of school at Boston Latin School, explains why she feels Tom Keane doesn't know what he's talking about in calling for the elimination of the city's three exam schools.

In a message to BLS parents yesterday, Skerritt, herself a BLS graduate, writes: Read more.

By adamg - 3/28/21 - 1:36 pm

Jillian Domenici reports on an incident this morning that shows one parenting advantage of raising a kid with a decided Boston accent: Read more.

By adamg - 3/25/21 - 12:13 am

WCVB reports BPS has gotten until April 26 - after spring break - to start five-days-a-week in-classroom teaching.

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By adamg - 3/18/21 - 9:31 am

A friend has set up a GoFundMe page for the family whose Sunnyside Street home suffered major damage in a fire on Monday. Read more

By adamg - 3/16/21 - 11:36 am

A federal judge said today he hopes to rule by April 15 on a lawsuit against the Boston School Committee's system for examless selection of exam-school students either in time for students to get notified of their selection this spring - or to order officials to quickly come up with a new way of selecting students for the schools before the fall. Read more.

By adamg - 3/7/21 - 12:29 pm

The Globe reports a consultant hired by BPS to work with the Boston Student Advisory Council used re-evaluation counseling, in which meetings would turn from dealing with strictly school-related issues to getting the teens to reveal personal information and cry.

By adamg - 3/4/21 - 10:24 pm

Khymani James, a Boston Latin Academy senior, tonight resigned his post as the student member of the School Committee.

In a series of tweets, James explained why he was resigning, without getting into specifics about new issues that he said he "simply couldn't condone:" Read more.

By adamg - 3/3/21 - 11:07 am

A federal judge today held off any action on a bid by a group of White and Asian-American parents to block the way the Boston school system plans to enroll students in the three exam schools until at least March 16 to give the two sides - and lawyers for groups representing Black, Latino and other Asian-American parents - time to try to agree on the basic facts of the case. Read more.

By adamg - 3/1/21 - 9:54 pm

A Milton woman was arraigned today on charges of attempted murder and reckless endangerment of a child for the way prosecutors say she abandoned her newborn son in a trash barrel outside Pat's Pizza a few doors down and not long after she gave birth to him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 2/28/21 - 7:20 pm

WBUR reports an 8-year-old from Jamaica Plain with PTSD has spent more than a month basically warehoused at Children's Hospital because there are no free beds anywhere in the state.

"Basically, he's just sitting in a room playing with Legos all day and watching TV and playing video games," she added.

By adamg - 2/26/21 - 2:53 pm

The Dorchester Reporter reports on the incident this afternoon outside Pat's Pizza on Dorchester Avenue.

By adamg - 2/24/21 - 10:14 am

Boston Parents Schoolyard News posts a copy of the essay Khymani James wrote as part of his application to Columbia. James is a Boston Latin Academy senior and the student representative on the School Committee, which voted in October to eliminate the exam-school exam for one year due to Covid-19.

By adamg - 2/4/21 - 8:51 pm
Diagram of playground above the landfill

Diagram showing existing playground equipment above plastic liner and decades of trash.

The Boston Parks and Recreation Department and a civil-engineering firm have started redesigning the 20-year-old playground near the top of Millennium Park in West Roxbury in a project that could also mean replacing the park's seasonal portable toilets with a more permanent restroom building. Read more.

By adamg - 1/25/21 - 8:59 pm

The Canton Fire Department reports a 7-year-old boy from Rockland suffered serious injuries when he fell 35 feet from a ski lift at the Blue Hills Ski Area around 4:20 p.m. Canton paramedics transported the boy to a nearby field at Meditech on Blue Hill River Road, from which a helicopter flew him to Children's Hospital in Boston.

The department says that while serious, the boy's injuries were not considered life threatening.

By adamg - 1/15/21 - 11:22 pm

WBZ reports the Massachusetts Department of Public Health has dropped a requirement that students need to get a flu shot, partly because there has been so little flu this season, partly because it needs to concentrate on getting people vaccinated against Covid-19 rather than on checking flu-shot compliance.

By adamg - 1/11/21 - 2:33 pm

Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union today announced a deal by which all BPS schools would start re-opening for some students next month, with all kids returning to schools for part of their weeks by April 1. Read more.

By adamg - 12/30/20 - 1:01 pm

At Richfield Street and Davidson Avenue. David Bienick at WCVB reports one witness heard "child screaming then gunshots." Read more.

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