Nicholas Speller, a gym teacher at the Patrick J. Kennedy School, 343 Saratoga St., was arrested at the school this afternoon on four counts of indecent assault and battery on a child under 14, Boston Police report. Read more.
For the second year, members of Roslindale Wants to Play set up a "Build Zone" in Roslindale Square, this time in the old trolley substation at Washington Street and Cummins Highway.
Kids (and adults) enter a large space with lots of cardboard and plastic tubes, platforms, kid-powered ball lifters and basketball-like ball collectors and then just go to town. Read more.
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.
Boston Parents Schoolyard News reports that parents at the Bates School on Beech Street have set up a GoFundMe page to try to raise enough money to keep Adam Prisby, who runs a program that helps to connect poor students with extra resources in the community - right down to ensuring homeless students get Christmas presents and eyeglasses. Read more.
Being a BPS parent is never easy, and this year is no exception, with placements for seats in K2 classes now not due until May 31 - well past similar private-school decisions and placements for pre-school students. A BPS spokesman points to state requirements for English-language proficiency, but some parents are not happy with the answer: Read more.
Kids go "Yay!" Kids refuse to listen to parents about how this means they'll have yet another day of school at the end of June.
VIOLENCE IN MUSIC
This is part of the problem.
1 As Deadly as Can Be Song by Necro
2 Dead Body Disposal Song by Necro
3 Stray Bullet
Song by Organized Konfusion
The Herald reports the teachers have voted to join the Boston Teachers Union.
Liz Miranda, executive director of the Hawthorne Community Center in Roxbury, is raising funds to try to get up to 1,000 local kids to screenings of Black Panther during the February school vacation week.
Our withdrawal plan is to buy out at least 3 theaters and purchase as many tickets and food vouchers on three different days and work with community agencies, the City of Boston and schools to identify students/ young people to attend the screenings.
WCVB reports on the death of the baby this afternoon on Deering Road, near Harvard Street.
The City Council today approved a request by at-large Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George for a hearing to look at whether voters should once again be giving a direct say on who serves on the School Committee. Read more.
Mayor Walsh made the announcement this afternoon. Also:
Sidewalks should be shoveled by 3 hours after dawn tomorrow, at about 10:15 a.m.
West Roxbury's usually festive Christmas-tree lighting at Washington and Grove streets turned a little more serious today as parents protested Boston Public Schools' plans for earlier start times at many elementary schools. Read more.
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