Interim School Superintendent Laura Perille says BPS will be beefing up a busing hotline to handle calls for parents wondering where buses are tomorrow (617-635-9520), but says she's hopeful there won't be a repeat of last week's charter-school problems, which saw some students waiting more than two hours for buses - if they came at all. Read more.
WBUR reports on the new $73-million Dearborn STEM Academy - BPS's first all new school in years - which opens for grades 6-12 next month.
The Dorchester Reporter reports the state has appointed BPS veteran Michael Contompasis as receiver of the Dever School on Columbia Point to try to turn around the low-ranking school.
Contompasis long served as headmaster at Boston Latin School before serving as superintendent and BPS COO. He retired, then went back to BLS as interim headmaster in 2016 after Headmaster Lynne Mooney Teta quit following the Black Lives Matter controversy there.
WFXT reports on the theft of the wheelchair Maliyah Rodriguez, 6, uses to get around.
The Globe gets a copy of a report on the MIT-devised school-assignment system BPS used to replace the old zone system several years ago with the hopes that every elementary-school student in the city would be given a choice of at least one high-quality elementary school. The report found the system is working well - for kids in predominantly white neighborhoods.
But apparently, it's time for the local stores to start stocking their back-to-school supplies. Why, the Rite Aid on East Broadway in South Boston is even advertising back-to-school savings, Eileen Murphy reports.
To Boston area parents, early childhood educators, policy makers, or anyone interested in child development and education, Boston has been selected to host The Wonder of Learning 2018 — the exhibition, conference, and professional development series which highlights the best practices in early childhood education with a focus on The Reggio Emilia model. The exhibit located at the newly merged BU Wheelock College Of Education and Human Development is free and accessible to the public from June 21 to November 15 and there are also a variety of conferences and workshops during that time.
WBUR reports on the Somerville school that is teaching little kids how to hide from a mass murderer to the tune of "Twinkle, Twinkle Little Star."
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.
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