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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 - 5/17/22 - 8:46 am

Negotiators for the town and the Brookline Educators Union reached a contract deal at 4:20 this morning, and school will be open first thing.

State Rep. Tommy Vitolo reports the deal runs through 2026 and "with improvements in pay and working conditions."

By adamg - 5/16/22 - 4:36 pm
Brookline teachers outside Town Hall

Teachers disregarded state law and that court order and walked off the job today. Turlach MacDonagh shows us some of the picketing action at Town Hall, including these possible music teachers jamming to encourage their fellow teachers. Read more.

By adamg - 5/15/22 - 10:18 pm

Brookline School Superintenden Linus Guillory announced tonight he's ordered town schools shut tomorrow in advance of a likely strike by teachers. Read more.

By adamg - 5/15/22 - 2:21 pm

Update: Brookline public schools are closed on Monday.

After last-minute contract talks failed around 3:50 this morning, the Brookline Educations Union says it's ready to have members form picket lines tomorrow morning, despite a judge's injunction Friday ordering them to stay on the job. Read more.

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By adamg - 5/11/22 - 9:14 am
Mulhern

Jonathan Mulhern, associate head of school of Boston Latin School, is leaving to become a middle-school principal in Canton.
Read more.

By adamg - 5/8/22 - 2:06 pm

WBZ Newsradio reports on the return of the Louis D. Brown Peace Institute's annual Mother's Day Walk for Peace.

Coach Julio talked to a couple of organizers: Read more.

By adamg - 5/2/22 - 9:08 pm

Two young teens were ordered held in lieu of bail at their arraignments today in connection with a series of attacks in Downtown Crossing and Roxbury and on the Common, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 4/30/22 - 4:00 pm

City Councilors Ed Flynn and Michael Flaherty want answers after they learned from a parent that a live .45 round was found in a restroom at the Condon K-8 School on D Street, just a few days after a "a piece of paper or literature was also found at the school earlier this week displaying Nazi swastikas." Read more.

By adamg - 4/27/22 - 9:52 pm

School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius today recommended that the School Committee vote to permanently shut, rather than try to fix, the Mission Hill K-8 School. Read more.

By adamg - 4/11/22 - 1:35 pm

It's mostly over but the waiting now: The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has completed intensive audits and one-on-one interviews in Boston on the state of Boston Public Schools and is now compiling a report that could determine whether its board votes to take over Boston schools, a BPS official told city councilors today. Read more.

By adamg - 4/8/22 - 9:16 am

The Herald reports Garelick Farms sent BPS some 1,000 milk containers that were filled with a sanitizer solution instead of milk - and that BPS learned of the problem when a student gave his back to a cafeteria worker because it neither looked nor tasted like milk.

By adamg - 4/6/22 - 11:35 am
Tracy Skelly

Skelly discuses new cafe with board.

Update: Approved.

A former travel agency on South Street in Jamaica Plain could soon be reborn as a baby cafe - whose menu is focused on food and drinks suitable for babies and toddlers. Read more.

By adamg - 4/1/22 - 9:06 pm

Tufts Medical Center President Michael Tarnoff announced today that, with the imminent closing of the hospital's in-patient services for children, it will stop intensive treatment of young cancer patients July 1, because many of the patients require overnight stays that the hospital will no longer have for them. Read more.

By adamg - 3/23/22 - 3:17 pm
Rivers and Baker

As Baker listens, Rivers puts some body English into his call.

Most clergy members invited to open City Council meetings with an invocation calmly pray to God to give city officials the wisdom they need to lead this great city.

Not Eugene Rivers. Read more.

By adamg - 3/17/22 - 3:48 pm

A charter school rebuffed for years by both nearby residents and the BPDA said today it's found a new location for a high school on what is now a parking lot on Proctor Street, off Massachusetts Avenue in Newmarket Square. Read more.

By adamg - 3/14/22 - 4:47 pm

A worker at TechBoston Academy, 9 Peacevale Rd. in Dorchester, was arraigned today on two counts of lascivious posing a child in a state of nudity, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/22 - 7:27 pm
Skerritt

Rachel Skerritt today announced her resignation at the end of the school year as Boston Latin School head of school.

In e-mail to BLS students, families and staff this afternoon, Skerritt wrote, first of the challenges of Covid-19 atop the challenges of life at the exam school, then continued: Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/22 - 11:51 am

Newton School Superintendent David Fleishman today warned parents that he's looking at layoffs for the coming school year, partly because of declining enrollment but mainly because of increased costs for insurance, busing and special education, on top of a budget this year already stretched by Covid-19, both through extra use of city-funded health plans and the need to hire more substitutes, and a decline in revenue from renting out school facilities. Read more.

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