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.
Parents, teachers and community members blocked traffic at Melnea Cass Boulevard and Albany Street after school let out this afternoon to demand even more action from the city to get needles and drug supplies out of the school playground and field. Read more.
WBZ reports the School Committee put Fred Foresteire on paid leave. The committee authorized spending $50,000 for an independent investigation of Foresteire, who has been Everett school superintendent for 30 years.
WCVB reports a sixth-grader was packing pepper spray when it accidentally went off in a classroom at UP Academy today.
The Charlestown Patriot-Bridge reports on Charlestown dissatisfaction with the BuildBPS plan.
Boston city councilors agreed today to focus some attention on problems ensuring BPS secondary students can get to schools - and after-school activities and jobs - in a far-flung city with an unreliable public-transit system, and will schedule a formal hearing on the matter. Read more.
WBUR reports BPS is immediately stopping all suspensions of kindergarteners and first and second graders and will limit suspensions of older elementary students - in response to a threatened lawsuit by Greater Boston Legal Services.
The Massachusetts Appeals Court today upheld a man's conviction for assault and battery with a dangerous weapon for kicking his young daughter in the chest hard enough to send her flying to the floor in a drugstore. Read more.
An outraged citizen with two sons at the Joyce Kilmer School on Baker Street files a 311 complaint: Read more.
Boston school officials said last night that the West Roxbury Education Complex building almost didn't open for classes last month - and that emergency repairs done on it so it could pass inspection will only hold out for the rest of the school year. Read more.
Word is starting to come out tonight of schools that BPS officials want to shut as part of an ambitious program to consolidate Boston students into fewer, but modernized, school buildings. Among the first to go under the BuildBPS program, Start Smart BPS reports, are the West Roxbury Academy and the Urban Science Academy. Read more.
Laura Perille makes the announcement in a Globe oped piece.
City Councilors Andrea Campbell (Dorchester) and Kim Janey (Roxbury) want to look at ways to increase black and Latino enrollment at the city's three exam schools - including possibly replacing scores from the ISEE exam now used to help determine entrance with results from MCAS tests. Read more.
WBZ reports Holy Name Parish on Centre Street was evacuated this morning after one student fell ill during a mass and several others complained of nausea.
Parents will walk from the MDC rink to the School Committee meeting in Everett tomorrow evening to support teachers at the Parlin School following an incident last week. Read more.
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