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By adamg - 1/6/20 - 10:07 am

WBUR reports on the possibility that BPS has shared data on more than 100 students with ICE, based on documents released in a lawsuit by education and civil rights advocates suing the city to take a look at just what gets sent to the feds.

BPS may not share any info directly with ICE, but it does forward certain disciplinary reports to the Boston Regional Intelligence Center, a Boston Police unit that does.

By adamg - 12/19/19 - 9:28 am

East Boston High School has a food pantry for students "in need of an extra meal or two during the week," but it's running short, and the school has issued a plea for help: Read more.

By adamg - 12/4/19 - 1:39 pm

WFXT reports on the situation at English High School in Jamaica Plain and the O'Bryant School and Madison Park, next to each other in Roxbury. The schools were put in "safe" mode," in which students and teachers try to go on with their days normally even as all external doors are locked to keep people out; the schools are now back to regular mode.

By adamg - 12/2/19 - 6:35 pm

BPS was open today, but with the heaviest snow of Round 2 forecast for tomorrow morning, officials have announced BPS schools will be closed tomorrow.

Community centers and libraries will be open tomorrow, although community centers will open at 10 a.m.

By adamg - 11/14/19 - 11:31 am

A student at the Washington Irving Middle School on Cummins Highway in Roslindale sprayed a canister of pepper spray in the school cafeteria around 11 a.m., a Boston Public Schools spokesperson reports. Read more.

By adamg - 11/10/19 - 2:05 pm

WGBH reports that the now former West Roxbury Education Complex has been re-opened several times this fall for events, such as for police physical-fitness training. BPS says there's a difference between occasional openings and keeping it open for an entire school year and besides, police are trained to deal with things like ceilings collapsing on their heads, unlike students.

By adamg - 11/5/19 - 1:17 pm

WBUR reports.

In separate vaping news, the BU News Service reports that a Boston Public School study showed vaping dropped by almost half among BPS students between 2015 and 2017.

By adamg - 11/4/19 - 12:56 pm

Boston Parents Schoolyard News reports McCormack School parents and others remain upset how the city decided to simply hand over a school field for the proposed new center without even talking to them first = and as the school morphs into a larger 7-12 school, and that they'll be bringing their concerns to school officials at a meeting at 5:30 p.m. today at the Dever School. A civil-rights lawyers group and a group representing Harbor Point residents are also objecting to the land transfer.

By adamg - 9/27/19 - 9:05 am

Schoolyard News reports the moratorium includes end-of-year English and math assessments and the Terra Nova test in fourth and fifth grades.

By adamg - 9/11/19 - 9:28 am

The Boston Coalition for Education Equity has posted answers from district and at-large candidates for Boston city council on several BPS-related topics.

The preliminary elections are Sept. 24.

By adamg - 9/6/19 - 9:01 am

The new Eliot School building on Commercial Street opened to students yesterday. This morning, several concerned citizens filed 311 complaints, including this one, about the problems kids are having crossing what could be the North End's busiest, widest street, just off what could be its busiest, widest intersection:

No crossing guard for Eliot school on commercial street. Traffic is treacherous. Drivers are crazy. Someone's going to get hurt.

By adamg - 8/29/19 - 10:11 am
Brenda Cassellilus

New BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius says that as she continues to get up to speed on her $1.1-billion, 54,000-student system, she has already come up with some ideas to explore. Read more.

By adamg - 8/20/19 - 10:08 am

NorthEndWaterfront.com reports on the impending opening of the new Eliot School building at 585 Commercial St., which once served as headquarters for Mitt Romney's failed 2012 presidential bid.

By adamg - 7/11/19 - 10:58 am

WBZ reports that to better get to know Bostonians, Brenda Cassellius, who moved here from Minnesota to became school superintendent on July 1, plans to live in as many neighborhoods as possible during her time here:

I started off in Roxbury. I don’t know where I’ll go next, but I want to go there, live in that community, go to church with people, synagogue, mosque, and go to the parks, and walk my dog.

By adamg - 6/17/19 - 2:39 pm

Boston Public Schools says it will distribute menstrual products to the 77 public schools that have grades 6 and higher starting this fall. Read more.

By adamg - 5/30/19 - 10:19 pm

Boston public-school teachers will get 2% annual raises for the next three years under a contract deal with BPS under which BPS will also hire enough nurses to ensure at least one at every school, hire more mental-health professionals and reduce class sizes for kindergarteners whose native language is not English. Read more.

By adamg - 5/22/19 - 10:25 am

WBUR runs down the proposals, which, in addition to a new elementary school in East Boston include a new building for the Quincy Upper School in Chinatown.

By adamg - 5/13/19 - 2:26 pm

Luis Rodriguez, who now lives in Framingham, is suing Boston Public Schools and current Cedar Junction inmate Shaun Harrison over the way Harrison shot Rodriguez and left him to die out of fear the then English High School student would reveal Harrison's pot-dealing operation at the school. Read more.

By adamg - 5/10/19 - 8:30 am

The Boston Sun reports on Brenda Cassellius's first swing through Boston after her appointment as school superintendent. She's a hockey player and is already becoming a Bruins fan.

By adamg - 5/6/19 - 9:33 am
Where the needles are near the Orchard Gardens school

Needles nowhere near the collection box

The city recently installed a needle-collection box in front of the Orchard Gardens School in Roxbury - where parents have been complaining for months about needles turning up on school grounds. A concerned citizen filed a 311 complaint, about its location - because addicts aren't shooting up right in front of the school: Read more.

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