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By adamg - 9/19/22 - 3:57 pm

Officials locked down Excel High School in South Boston Friday afternoon as BPD officers battled with a 14-year-old student and her mother, both intent on finding the student they claim had earlier spit on the girl, the Suffolk Count District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 9/19/22 - 9:34 am

BPS alerted parents this morning that "an adult member of our BPS community has been diagnosed with monkeypox." Read more.

By adamg - 9/12/22 - 2:14 pm

Boston Police report a student was stabbed in the shoulder at Jeremiah Burke High School in Dorchester around 11 a.m. on the third day of school.

A 17-year-old from Randolph, too young to have his name released, was arrested after he turned himself in at the District C-11 station several hours later, police say.

By adamg - 8/8/22 - 10:39 am
Orange Line train

All aboard! At least, until 9 p.m. on Aug. 19.

Boston Street Chief Jascha Franklin-Hodge reports this morning that the city is still trying to figure out exactly how to deal with the impending Orange Line shutdown and the arrival of giant-sized charter buses that are supposed to relieve some of the stress of setting 100,000 daily Orange Line riders loose on the streets, but that things are in the works, including: Read more.

By adamg - 7/14/22 - 10:53 am

WCVB reports the deal includes added investment in programs for special-needs and English-learner students - two areas the state recently said BPS particularly needs to improve on.

By adamg - 6/30/22 - 10:42 am
Mary Skipper

Skipper talks in front of TechBoston Academy, which she helped start.

Newly named BPS Superintendent Mary Skipper says she will work to create a school system where students, teachers, parents and Boston's vast array of world-class institutions work together to create a system that ensures a quality education for every student. Read more.

By adamg - 6/29/22 - 9:48 pm
Mary Skipper

The Boston School Committee today picked Mary Skipper, who worked in BPS before becoming school superintendent in Somerville, to replace Brenda Cassellius, whose tenure ends tomorrow. Read more.

By adamg - 6/28/22 - 8:36 am

WFXT reports on the agreement between the Wu administration and the state in advance of a meeting this morning where a state board was to vote on a declaration that Boston schools were collectively "underperforming." The Boston School Committee is scheduled to vote tomorrow on a new school superintendent.

By adamg - 6/21/22 - 11:12 am
Skipper and Welch

The Boston School Committee today announced its two finalists to replace Brenda Cassellius as Boston School Superintendent: Mary Skipper, currently Cassellius's counterpart in Somerville - and former administrator of BPS high schools - and Tommy Welch, currently the Region 1 K-12 superintendent for BPS, who oversees 15 schools in Charlestown, East Boston and the North End. Read more

By adamg - 6/8/22 - 5:44 pm

Declining Covid-19 rates means BPS will lift its in-school mask requirements for most people starting Monday - although officials say masks are still a good idea even if no longer required. Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/22 - 9:33 pm

Administrators at the Kenny Elementary School on Oakton Avenue in Dorchester put the school into "safe" mode - nobody was allowed in or out - for about 20 minutes this morning after two anti-maskers showed up and demanded entry for a 9-year-old student they said didn't want to wear a mask and didn't have to. Read more.

By adamg - 6/6/22 - 10:56 am

Jason Gallagher, current principal at the Harvard-Kent Elementary School in Charlestown, will take over as new head of school at Boston Latin School, outgoing Superintendent Brenda Cassellius told the school community today. Read more.

By adamg - 6/2/22 - 3:48 pm

A paraprofessional at the Mario Umana Academy was convicted this week of raping a developmentally disabled student five times in 2015 and 2016, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 5/26/22 - 9:04 am

Mom Hustle reports:

My 5 year old BPS student does "quiet drills" where the children sit in their cubbies silently. My daughter said she just snuggles her stuffies. They aren't told what it's for.

Part of a longer discussion on crazed-killer drills in Boston schools.

By adamg - 5/23/22 - 10:01 pm

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education today formally blasted Boston Public Schools, saying they need "immediate improvement," especially in the ways the system deals with special-education and ESL students and transportation and with the fact its central administration is pretty dysfunctional. Read more.

By adamg - 5/19/22 - 1:22 pm

A 13-year-old and a 17-year-old were arrested today after Charlestown High School officials and police found two guns at the school. Read more.

By adamg - 5/19/22 - 11:37 am

WCVB reports on the contract with City Fresh Foods, the largest non-construction contract the city's ever awarded to a Black-owned business, and part of Mayor Wu's pledge to increase the number of city contracts that go to minority-owned businesses.

By adamg - 5/18/22 - 5:28 pm
Mejia argues against DESE takeover

Mejia argues against state takeover.

The City Council voted overwhelmingly today to fight to keep local control of BPS in the face of possible state receivership, saying a new mayor and a new superintendent deserve a chance to finally bring the sort of change BPS needs and that the last thing Boston - where voters strongly supported an elected school committee in the fall election - needs is an outside commissar screwing things up even more. Read more.

By adamg - 5/12/22 - 2:01 pm

To make them work better and more energy efficient, WHDH reports.

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