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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.

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.

Read more.

By adamg - 4/26/19 - 7:51 am
Seized BB gun

Seized BB gun.

Boston Police report Boston School Police arrested a 14-year-old they say showed up at the Mildred Avenue K-8 School with a BB gun yesterday.

Police say they teen, not named because of his age, was charged with being delinquent for possession of a gun on school property.

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 - 4/17/19 - 9:54 am
Boston Public Schools superintendent finalists: Santos, Izquierdo, Cassellius

Santos, Izquierdo and Cassellius.

The Boston School Committee has selected three finalists for school superintendent: Oscar Santos, head of school for the Cathedral 7-12 High School in Boston, Marie Izquierdo, chief academic officer of Miami-Dade County Public Schools in Florida and Brenda Cassellius, until recently commissioner of education for the state of Minnesota. Read more.

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 - 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 adamg - 3/22/19 - 2:41 pm

WCVB reports on the class at the Perry School in South Boston.

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