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.
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The BU News Service profiles Cynthia Soo Hoo, the principal of the Josiah Quincy School, who grew up across the street from the school.
A federal judge ruled yesterday there is nothing wrong with the residency requirements set by Boston Public Schools and that BPS was within its rights to rescind a boy's acceptance to Boston Latin School because his parents were unable to prove the family actually lived in Boston. Read more.
Parent Imperfect reports on a BuildBPS meeting in Roslindale that was supposed to focus on what BPS will be doing in Roslindale over the next decade but which instead became a session for people to demand BPS do more for kids at West Roxbury Academy and the Urban Science Academy than just let them disappear across the system when the schools shut. Also, seems nobody's yet produced the ISD reports that BPS says show the building they're in is about to fall apart.
Community members are planning a show of support for kids and teachers at the Tynan Elementary School at 7:30 a.m. tomorrow, following yesterday's spraying of racist graffiti on the school's exterior. Read more.
This morning I posted something about a teacher at the Guild School in East Boston going online to request donations to buy a couple of water coolers so that kids could get water to drink without having to worry about missing classes.
I expressed some outrage.
I was wrong. Read more.
An outraged citizen with two sons at the Joyce Kilmer School on Baker Street files a 311 complaint: Read more.
The Huntington News reports on a protest aimed at getting Northeastern to increase its voluntary payments in lieu of taxes.
Boston has long asked non-profits to kick in 25% of what they would pay in property taxes if their property were commercial instead of non-profit. Northeastern has always been on the low side of PILOT payments, but says it more than makes up for it in other things, such as annual scholarships for Boston residents attending Northeastern - and the $100 million it put into renovating a city playground (in a statement, the university did not mention that that money also gave it rights to use the playground).
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.
UPDATE: Boston Police report a 14-year-old student was charged with assault and battery by means of a dangerous weapon.
One student stabbed another in a restroom at the Washington Irving School on Cummins Highway around 9:30 a.m., NBC Boston reports, adding the victim's injuries are not considered life threatening.
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.
The Globe reports.
CommonWealth reports on the payout and glowing letter of recommendation now former School Superintendent Tommy Chang got in exchange for his "resignation."
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.
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