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By adamg - 9/21/20 - 11:31 pm

"2020 In Review"

Dan Dehart is a teacher at the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale, who posted this review of 2020 for his students as they began their new year (remotely) today.

By adamg - 8/31/20 - 9:01 pm

The Globe reports all of them students incorrectly denied admission last year and this year have been offered seats at the schools they were eligible for, that the error cascaded down to affect other kids denied entrance to non-exam schools they had requested and that none of the students who were given seats who shouldn't have gotten them will have their seats taken away.

By adamg - 8/21/20 - 12:38 pm

School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced the move in e-mail to parents today - and said that even when in-school education resumes, it will be phased in over a month starting on Oct. 19 - with high schoolers not scheduled to return to actual classrooms until Nov. 19. Read more.

By adamg - 8/17/20 - 9:08 am

WBZ reports on the latest BPS school re-opening plan, which calls for schools to open Sept. 21 for grades 1-12 and Sept. 23 for pre-K.

The newest proposal calls for a hybrid model, in which students would spend part of the week in school, part in home, but with a parental option to keep kids home fulltime.

By adamg - 8/13/20 - 9:14 am

Boston Parents Schoolyard News compares proposals from BPS administration and the Boston Teachers Union on how to re-open schools next month.

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By adamg - 8/12/20 - 12:09 pm

BPS Fall Reopening Virtual Community Meeting - August 8, 2020

Mayor Walsh said today that BPS is planning on making its school buildings as safe as possible - but also beefing up remote-learning abilities - as officials continue to try to figure out whether school will start this fall entirely remotely or with a "hopscotch" model in which students would spend part of their time in school and part at home. Read more.

By adamg - 8/6/20 - 9:25 am

The Boston School Committee narrowly voted last night to cede what is now a McCormack School field to a new Boys and Girls Club field house.

Katie Mallon reports members Michael Loconto, Michael O'Neill and Alexandra Oliver-Davila voted for the controversial handover, members Lorna Rivera and Jeri Robinson voted against and members Hardin Coleman and Quoc Tran abstained.

By adamg - 7/31/20 - 3:17 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 7/31/20

Mayor Walsh and School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius said today they are continuing to look at a "hybrid" school re-opening, in which students would split days between in-school and at-home learning, but that parents will have the chance to opt out completely and stick with remote learning over Covid-19 concerns. Read more.

By adamg - 7/22/20 - 10:15 pm

The Globe reports BPS is looking at a "hybrid" learning model for this fall, in which students would spend two days a week in school and do remote learning the other three days.

By adamg - 7/8/20 - 9:19 am

The Bay State Banner reports the BPS's Opportunity and Achievement Gap Task Force unanimously urged a one-year halt on exams because of Covid-19 - just as some colleges are doing with SATs, two days before BPS announced it would be using a test from a non-profit testing concern.

By adamg - 7/6/20 - 9:52 am

BPS last week announced it will use an exam developed by NWEA, an Oregon-based testing non-profit, for the city's three exam schools: Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy and the O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science. Read more.

By adamg - 5/29/20 - 1:24 pm

Boston Public Schools yesterday eliminated the positions of ten curriculum directors at its Bolling Building headquarters as part of a shift toward school-centric teacher development. Read more.

By adamg - 5/27/20 - 9:11 am

The Dorchester Reporter reports the death this week of Keith Love, co-headmaster of the Dorchester high school, of prostate cancer.

By adamg - 5/6/20 - 12:01 pm

The Globe reports and discusses other leadership changes at BPS high schools.

By adamg - 4/24/20 - 1:38 pm

Jamaica Plain News talks to Katie Grassa, principal of the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain about the challenges of running what is now a distributed school.

I’m used to using getting hundreds of hugs a day or high fives in the hallway, fist bumps from kids. But it has shifted to lots of waves and excited faces when I hop onto Zoom calls.

By adamg - 4/20/20 - 2:13 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 4/20/20

"I don't think there's any question: Kids aren't going back to school May 4," Mayor Walsh said today. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/20 - 9:15 am

WBZ reports BPS is using some of its buses to deliver food to families whose kids can't make it to school meal distribution points.

By adamg - 4/2/20 - 10:17 am

The middle of a pandemic, when students and teachers are still getting used to doing things online, is no time to talk about what could be a fundamental restructuring of BPS, several city councilors say. The Dorchester Reporter has more.

By adamg - 4/2/20 - 9:37 am

Over the weekend, BPS custodians and Tufts Medical Center staffers converted the Quincy Elementary School cafeteria, just down Washington Sstreet from the hospital, into a clinic for screening people with Covid-19 symptoms. Read more.

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