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By adamg - 6/11/19 - 12:41 pm

With Myrtle the Turtle now temporarily clothed in a blue tarp, the Boston Parks Department reports it is has asked an outside design firm to design a more permanent shady thing to keep the statue from becoming a kid-burning heat trap again. Read more.

By adamg - 6/10/19 - 1:04 pm
City workers taping off hot turtle at Myrtle Street playground

A concerned citizen watched city workers tape off a metal turtle in the middle of the Myrtle Street playground on Beacon Hill today following earlier complaints the thing - installed just last month - is burning kids who made the mistake of actually sitting on it. But all the tape in the world marked "COLD" won't actually cool down the sun-concentrating turtle for good and the resident filed a 311 complaint to request that the city: Read more.

By adamg - 6/7/19 - 9:14 am

Sampan takes a look at the issue of Chinatown immigrant parents who, faced with "economic strains, language barriers and other pressures of resettlement" send their young children to live with relatives back in China, sometimes for several years. Read more.

By adamg - 6/4/19 - 10:20 pm
Missing stuffed pig

Roselynn Rodríguez Manzanet reports:

Please help my little friend, M, find her Mary Pig. She is heartbroken. Last seen on the 39 bus Sunday.

By adamg - 6/4/19 - 10:26 am
New crosswalk

Via a 311 complaint comes this report on the new crosswalk at Dubois and Orchard Park streets in Roxbury:
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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 - 12:51 pm

The Wall Street Journal reports that one out of every three students there has gotten a designation as having a learning disability, which, of course, some of their parents got so their kids can get lots of the sort of extra attention only a caring community like Newton could provide and not because it means they get extra time to take the SAT or ACT tests, which could prove an edge in getting into one of those top-tier colleges their well-off parents are really hoping they get accepted to. 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 - 5/15/19 - 1:01 pm

City Councilors Matt O'Malley (Jamaica Plain, West Roxbury) and Annissa Essaibi-George (at large) will lead an effort to curb what they said was a growing epidemic of teens using nicotine inhalers known as e-cigarettes. Read more.

By adamg - 5/14/19 - 1:02 pm
Coyote in West Roxbury backyard

A concerned West Roxbury citizen took a look out his or her back window and suddenly needs advice from 311: Read more.

By adamg - 5/3/19 - 10:42 am

CommonWealth reports Brenda Cassellius, named earlier this week as Boston's next school superintendent, opposes a current state rule that makes passing 10th-grade MCAS tests a requirement for graduation. She says Minnesota had a similar requirement, but as education commissioner, she found it made more sense to pay for prep classes for one of the tests many colleges use in considering applicants.

By adamg - 5/1/19 - 9:32 pm

BPS Superintendent Interviews: BPS Parents and Leaders, Dr. Brenda Cassellius

Brenda Cassellius

The Boston School Committee tonight picked Brenda Cassellius, former commissioner of education for the state of Minnesota as the city's new school superintendent, in a 5-2 vote. Now the committee and Cassellius will try to work out a contract that will bring her to Boston permanently.

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By adamg - 4/22/19 - 12:26 pm

WBUR's Max Larkin is livetweeting today's interviews. So is the Globe's Meghan Irons.

By adamg - 4/2/19 - 2:41 pm

Mayor Walsh said today he'll be adding $15 million to the BPS budget for the coming year to guaranteed a pre-K seat for every four-year-old in Boston.

The money will pay for enough teachers, supplies and equipment to add 750 more pre-K seats in BPS, which Walsh says is enough to ensure no child is turned away from K-1 programs.

By adamg - 4/1/19 - 9:40 am

The Globe reports state education officials say Roxbury Prep's suspension rate - way, way, way higher than the state average - is too high. The demand comes as Roxbury seeks city approval to build a new high school in Roslindale.

By adamg - 3/27/19 - 12:45 pm

City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George said today that, like school districts across the country, BPS has been conducting drills with teachers on what to do should a shooter enter a local school. But, she said at a City Council meeting today, local teachers aren't getting shot with pellet guns. Read more.

By Kent - 3/22/19 - 8:50 am
Progressive WRox/Roz part of Progressive Massachusetts

There are many inequities in the Boston Public School System. Many Boston residents are unaware of this. Progressive West Roxbury/Roslindale will be hosting an event on April 9 to provide an opportunity to learn about these inequities. Progressive WRox/Roz has joined with NAACP-Boston, Lawyers for Civil Rights, JP Progressives, Downtown Progressives, Citizens for Public Schools, QUEST, and several other groups to form the Boston Coalition for Education Equity.

By adamg - 3/19/19 - 8:07 am

You can now order a birth certificate for somebody born in Boston after 1870 online for $14 plus a credit-card processing fee. The new service comes a year after the city began offering online ordering of death certificates.

By adamg - 3/18/19 - 9:23 am

Former City Councilor John Connolly is back in the Boston spotlight, with a new parenting group he says will help cut through an impenetrable BPS system that makes it difficult for parents to figure out why things happen the way they do and help them figure out what to do about it. Read more.

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