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By adamg - 7/26/21 - 5:44 pm

WBUR reports the death of Thomas Payzant, who served as Boston school superintendent from 1995 to 2006, an unusually long period in Boston, during which BPS students saw rising grades after decades of tumult left over from the 1974 busing crisis. Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/21 - 3:33 pm
New School Committee members

Acting Mayor Kim Janey today announced she had appointed Rafaela Polanco Garcia and Lorena Lopera to the School Committee, replacing Alexandra Oliver-Dávila and Lorna Rivera, who resigned over the Westie-whites text messages last month. Read more.

By adamg - 7/14/21 - 10:07 pm
School Committee members

School Committee members discussing the new plan.

The Boston School Committee today unanimously approved a new policy for admissions to the city's three exam schools that relies less on a test and more on grades - and on socioeconomic data that will benefit students in public housing, are homeless or attend schools with a high number of poor families. Read more.

By adamg - 7/9/21 - 4:01 pm

A federal judge today withdrew his approval of the system BPS used to offer admission to the three exam schools, saying he was misled by a transcript of text messages by School Committee members that left out the "Westie whites" comments. Read more.

By adamg - 7/8/21 - 4:00 pm

The Globe reports the group with the counselor whom BPS paid to make student leaders cry is absolving itself of any wrongdoing - and says the way to fix all the problems is for the kids to get more of its "counseling."

By adamg - 7/6/21 - 10:43 pm

A School Committee lawyer argued today that leaving out the "Westie whites" exchange from text messages handed over to the Globe and a woman who turned out to be a secret member of the parents group suing over exam-school admissions was an innocent mistake, not part of some nefarious scheme to hide racial hatred by School Committee members. Read more.

By adamg - 7/2/21 - 1:34 pm

A federal judge today brusquely dismissed a request by a BPS lawyer for more time to argue why he shouldn't re-open the exam-school case, because the parents in the case have raised serious legal questions he needs answers to now, or more specifically, by this coming Tuesday, the date he had originally set for her to respond to the parent group's request. Read more.

By adamg - 7/1/21 - 12:37 am

The City Council on Wednesday approved a $3.76-billion budget for non-school departments and a $1.3-billion school budget for the fiscal year that started today. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/21 - 3:57 pm

A Globe/Suffolk University poll shows Michelle Wu and Kim Janey opening big leads in the race to get on the November final ballot. The two men in the race both polled in single digits, with one, John Barros, at just 1.8%, so in addition to electing Boston's first mayor of color, voters in November could also elect our first woman mayor. Read more.

By adamg - 6/23/21 - 10:15 am

The group representing mainly West Roxbury parents that sought to put the exam back in exam schools for the coming school year is asking a federal judge to reopen its case because of "clear racial motivation and anti-White racism" on the part of two School Committee members in text messages exchanged over the course of a nine-hour meeting on what to do about the Covid-19-forced cancellation of exams. Read more.

By adamg - 6/22/21 - 5:46 pm

The State House News Service reports the state education commissioner is "nervous" about sending any of the roughly $480 million BPS's way right now because of "stability" questions about the current School Committee; adds he's careful not to blame Kim Janey.

By adamg - 6/8/21 - 1:25 pm
Alexandra Oliver-Davila

Acting Mayor Kim Janey announced Alexandra Oliver-Dávila's resignation this afternoon, the day after School Committee member Lorna Rivera resigned over text messages the two exchanged impugning white parents from West Roxbury. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/21 - 3:42 pm

Update: West Roxbury state rep says chairwoman must resign as well.

The Globe reports Lorna Rivera has resigned her seat on the School Committee after learning texts she'd exchanged with another committee member during an October meeting on selecting exam-school students without an exam were being made public. Read more.

By adamg - 5/27/21 - 9:36 am

The Globe details the reasons BPS has fired a group it paid for years to help coordinate the Boston Student Advisory Council - but only after students finally began to complain publicly.

By adamg - 4/28/21 - 9:22 pm

BPS is considering setting up an online-only school for the coming school year, and is asking parents if they'd be interested in that. Read more.

By adamg - 4/28/21 - 1:59 pm

A federal appeals court today upheld a judge's decision to let Boston Public Schools use a combination of pre-Covid GPAs and Zip codes to determine who is offered admission to the city's three exam schools for the coming school year, saying the plan is fair and the parents who sued waited so long that a ruling in their favor would have caused "chaos" that would disrupt the lives of thousands of Boston families. Read more.

By adamg - 4/22/21 - 9:48 pm

John Barros today called for disclosure of all BPD internal-affairs investigations of Boston cops over the past 30 years, and now, not after he's elected. Read more.

By adamg - 4/16/21 - 9:58 am

A group of White and Asian-American parents are appealing a judge's decision that the Boston School Committee did nothing wrong in the way it came up with a non-exam way to admit students to Boston's three exam schools for the coming school year. Read more.

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