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By adamg - 1/11/21 - 2:33 pm

Boston Public Schools and the Boston Teachers Union today announced a deal by which all BPS schools would start re-opening for some students next month, with all kids returning to schools for part of their weeks by April 1. Read more.

By adamg - 12/23/20 - 9:07 am

Boston Magazine is out with a mixed-message profile of BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius.

By adamg - 12/14/20 - 4:07 pm

The dean of students at the Timilty Middle School, 205 Roxbury St. in Roxbury, was arrested Friday and arraigned today on four counts of aggravated rape of a child under 16, the Suffolk County District Attorney's office reports. Read more.

By adamg - 12/14/20 - 10:16 am

The Boston Teachers Union reports its members voted overwhelmingly last night to express "no confidence" in School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius over the reopening of 28 more schools to high-needs students today.

By adamg - 12/7/20 - 11:54 pm

WBZ reports BPS next week will re-open 28 schools to roughly 1,700 "high needs" students, under pressure from state education officials. The district is currently providing in-school education and services to roughly 150 high-needs students.

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By adamg - 12/2/20 - 9:03 am

Edith Bazile explains why the recent resignation of Michael Loconto shows it's past time to give Boston voters a direct say in who oversees Boston schools.

If you have any doubt about whether Boston families and children need an elected school committee to achieve racial equity, just read the transcript of text messages between Loconto’s fellow school committee members.

By adamg - 11/7/20 - 12:16 am

Boston School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius told parents Friday evening that students "with complex needs that cannot be fully addressed through remote learning" could be returning to several BPS schools as early as next week. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/20 - 9:26 pm

At-large City Councilor Michelle Wu and 11 of her colleagues - joined by several state legislators and US Rep. Ayanna Pressley - tonight released a statement condemning what they called now former School Committee Chairman Michael Loconto's "deeply offensive" and "blatantly racist" words during the exam-school hearing last night. Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/20 - 12:20 pm
Loconto unfurling flat to start meeting

Loconto unfurling a flag to start meeting with Pledge of Allegiance.

The Herald reports Michael Loconto resigned as chairman of the School Committee this morning amid growing uproar over "hot mic" comments he made in the middle of last night's lengthy meeting on suspending the exam for exam schools for next year's class - and just a few hours after his vote on the exam question, which he called "the proudest moment I've had in my 18 years in public service." Read more.

By adamg - 10/22/20 - 1:42 am
Boston School Committee and School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius

Student member Khymani James speaks during School Committee discusion early this morning.

Update: School Committee chairman resigns over "hot-mic" comments.

The Boston School Committee voted unanimously early this morning to suspend the use of an exam to decide who gets into the city's three exam schools for the next year because of a raft of problems brought up by the Covid-19 pandemic, in a meeting that lasted more than 8 1/2 hours. Read more.

By adamg - 10/18/20 - 12:45 pm
Sign: Keep the exam

About 70 people rallied this morning on the steps of Boston Latin School in support of keeping an exam to help determine who gets into Boston's three exam schools next year, while across Avenue Louis Pasteur, about 20 people held a counter-protest saying it's time to ditch the test as a legacy of Boston's racist past. Read more.

By adamg - 10/16/20 - 9:09 pm

Boston Public Schools announced today it's delaying the return of young elementary-school students to in-school classes another week, from Oct. 22 to Oct. 29 - but says that "High In-Person Priority" students who were already going to school two days a week can now start going four days a week for classes and support services. Read more.

By adamg - 10/15/20 - 1:11 pm

Mayor Walsh said today that he and BPS officials will decide this weekend whether to further postpone the return of additional students to schools, based on latest city Covid-19 numbers. Read more.

By adamg - 10/13/20 - 10:19 am

There are currently a couple of Boston-specific petitions circulating online: Read more.

By adamg - 10/8/20 - 9:15 pm

WBUR reports BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius is proposing a one-year change for Boston's three exam schools: 20% of next year's seats would go to students with the city's top grades, while the rest would be awarded based on students' ranks in each city Zip code - with students in lower-income Zip codes getting first crack.

By adamg - 10/7/20 - 10:20 am

Mayor Marty Walsh today announced the start of the "hybrid" model for most Boston public-school students has been delayed at least a week, from Oct. 15 to Oct. 22, because of a testing positivity rate citywide that now exceeds 4% for the first time since early June. Read more.

By adamg - 9/21/20 - 11:31 pm

"2020 In Review"

Dan Dehart is a teacher at the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale, who posted this review of 2020 for his students as they began their new year (remotely) today.

By adamg - 8/31/20 - 9:01 pm

The Globe reports all of them students incorrectly denied admission last year and this year have been offered seats at the schools they were eligible for, that the error cascaded down to affect other kids denied entrance to non-exam schools they had requested and that none of the students who were given seats who shouldn't have gotten them will have their seats taken away.

By adamg - 8/21/20 - 12:38 pm

School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius announced the move in e-mail to parents today - and said that even when in-school education resumes, it will be phased in over a month starting on Oct. 19 - with high schoolers not scheduled to return to actual classrooms until Nov. 19. Read more.

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