CommonWealth reports on the payout and glowing letter of recommendation now former School Superintendent Tommy Chang got in exchange for his "resignation."
Boston Public Schools
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.
A federal judge yesterday dismissed a lawsuit filed by parents of two students at the Mission Hill K-8 School in Jamaica Plain against the city, saying they provided no proof that school and city officials somehow let the kids be attacked by a third student and then failed to adequately respond to the attacks. Read more.
But in declarations filed in connection with a lawsuit in Washington state over the separations, officials in Boston, Chelsea and Somerville say they would need to dedicate special resources to help the kids overcome the trauma that comes from being forcibly removed from their parents. Read more.
Soon to be ex-School Superintendent Tommy Chang issued a statement today that reads, in its entirety: Read more.
A Suffolk Superior Court judge today sentenced Shaun Harrison to 23 to 26 years in state prison after his conviction yesterday for trying to murder a teen who no longer wanted to sell marijuana for him, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.
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.
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.
Mayor Walsh just announced BPS schools are closed tomorrow, but that City Hall and BPL branches will be open. Read more.
They called it. But BPS administrators have to show up for work.
Boston School Superintendent Tommy Chang announced today he would fight any effort to arm BPS teachers - not that he's likely to see any proposal from either City Hall or BPD, where officials have long called for more restrictions on guns, not fewer. Read more.
The Boston City Council today agreed to hold at least one hearing to try to figure out how to make Madison Park the sort of vocational school that educators from other cities would want to visit to learn how it does things. Read more.
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.
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