Boston Public Schools

By - 9/13/18 - 11:29 am

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.

By - 9/5/18 - 12:06 pm
Perille

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.

By - 8/23/18 - 2:20 pm

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.

By - 8/16/18 - 11:45 am

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.

By - 7/23/18 - 5:37 pm

Schoolyard News spends some time with the recent report that analyzed the performance of BPS's five-year-old school-assignment system, the one that was supposed to improve choices for parents and their kids, but didn't if they weren't white or Asian-American.

Bottom line: Read more.

By - 7/18/18 - 11:32 am

CommonWealth reports on the payout and glowing letter of recommendation now former School Superintendent Tommy Chang got in exchange for his "resignation."

By - 7/16/18 - 4:38 pm

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.

By - 7/7/18 - 11:24 am

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.

By - 7/5/18 - 3:32 pm

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.

By - 7/2/18 - 9:29 pm
Perille

The School Committee did what it was told tonight and made Laura Perille interim superintendent to replace suddenly ex-Superintendent Tommy Chang for the next year or so while the committee looks for a new permanent(ish) superintendent.

Read more.

By - 6/27/18 - 9:54 pm

The Globe reports the School Committee is expected to give the temporary position to Laura Perille, CEO of Edvestors - and somebody whose kids went to Boston public schools. She'll be filling in for Tommy Chang, who announced his departure last week.

By - 6/25/18 - 2:42 pm

Soon to be ex-School Superintendent Tommy Chang issued a statement today that reads, in its entirety: Read more.

By - 6/22/18 - 4:54 pm
Chang

WBZ reports that Tommy Chang, Boston school superintendent since 2015, is leaving his job. The Globe reports that Chang, who came here from Los Angeles, is quitting even though he doesn't have another job lined up.

Read more.

By - 6/1/18 - 11:36 am

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.

By - 5/31/18 - 10:37 am

Schoolyard News brings us up to date on the tussling between City Hall - which wants to take a school yard now shared by kids at the Dever and McCormack schools and turn it over to some private group that could build its own recreational facility and improve public space there. Read more.

By - 5/16/18 - 11:12 pm
Speller

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.

By - 4/16/18 - 9:48 am

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.

By - 4/3/18 - 5:48 pm

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.

By - 3/26/18 - 8:50 am
MBTA and school bus after crash in Egleston Square

Photo of T bus by Rick Macomber, photo of school bus by Jenn Brandel.

Updated with statement by Transit Police.

Transit Police report the driver of a 44 bus didn't stop for a flashing red light at Columbus Avenue and Washington Street around 5:45 a.m. and ran into a BPS school bus already in the intersection. Read more.