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By adamg - 5/6/20 - 12:01 pm

The Globe reports and discusses other leadership changes at BPS high schools.

By adamg - 4/24/20 - 1:38 pm

Jamaica Plain News talks to Katie Grassa, principal of the Curley K-8 School in Jamaica Plain about the challenges of running what is now a distributed school.

I’m used to using getting hundreds of hugs a day or high fives in the hallway, fist bumps from kids. But it has shifted to lots of waves and excited faces when I hop onto Zoom calls.

By adamg - 4/20/20 - 2:13 pm

COVID-19 Media Availability 4/20/20

"I don't think there's any question: Kids aren't going back to school May 4," Mayor Walsh said today. Read more.

By adamg - 4/17/20 - 9:15 am

WBZ reports BPS is using some of its buses to deliver food to families whose kids can't make it to school meal distribution points.

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By adamg - 4/2/20 - 10:17 am

The middle of a pandemic, when students and teachers are still getting used to doing things online, is no time to talk about what could be a fundamental restructuring of BPS, several city councilors say. The Dorchester Reporter has more.

By adamg - 4/2/20 - 9:37 am

Over the weekend, BPS custodians and Tufts Medical Center staffers converted the Quincy Elementary School cafeteria, just down Washington Sstreet from the hospital, into a clinic for screening people with Covid-19 symptoms. Read more.

By adamg - 4/1/20 - 11:33 am

Extra Season

Dan DeHart, the music teacher at the Haley Pilot School in Roslindale, composed and performed this song for his now remote students.

By adamg - 3/31/20 - 9:24 am
Roosevelt School teacher saying hi to a student from afar

Darryl Houston of Hyde Park reports on a visit yesterday from Melinda Hawkes, his daughter's teacher at the Roosevelt K-8 School: Read more.

By adamg - 3/15/20 - 3:08 pm

Will make it easier to fight virus and will let BPS to procure supplies and other things it needs to support students through April 27. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 7:08 pm

Mayor Walsh announced tonight he's ordering Boston Public Schools shut starting Tuesday. The closure will last through at least April 27, but Walsh said students could be called back earlier if things improve. Read more.

By adamg - 3/13/20 - 10:32 am

Update: Walsh announced tonight that schools will close on Tuesday and remain shut until April 27.

Mayor Walsh announced this morning that "there will be school Monday and there will be school next week." Read more.

By adamg - 3/11/20 - 7:46 pm

BPS today alerted parents of students at the Eliot K-8 School in the North End that it is closing all three of its building tomorrow for a week because somebody affiliated with the school has tested positive for Covid-19.

In e-mail, School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius wrote: Read more.

By adamg - 3/9/20 - 3:47 pm

City Councilor Michelle Wu reports that School Superintendent Brenda Cassellius has directed schools to keep bathroom dispensers stocked with soap and paper towels - which many current and former students and parents will tell you has long been an issue - and to check the dispensers at least three times a day.

Other steps BPS is taking.

By adamg - 2/25/20 - 10:21 pm

The Bay State Banner reports state officials may be concluding they have to wrest control of BPS away from the city - not to mention parents and teachers - even though it doesn't have all that great a track record with the systems and schools it's taken over in the past.

By adamg - 2/18/20 - 7:15 pm

BPS today issued an RFP for a company that can write exam questions that will both ensure potential students are ready for the "rigorous" exam schools while also "furthering equitable access to the exam schools, particularly for Black and Latinx students who have historically been underrepresented." Read more.

By adamg - 2/6/20 - 10:03 am

The president of the Boston Police Patrolmen's Association is accusing the Boston Teachers Union of helping to demonize cops and even endanger their lives by supporting a Black Lives Matters program that calls for hiring more black teachers and school counselors instead of school cops.

But not all Boston cops agree with BPPA President Michael Leary's missive to BTU President Jessica Tang. Read more

By adamg - 2/5/20 - 8:54 pm

The company that writes the ISEE exam that BPS has long used to help figure out who to invite to attend exam schools and BPS administrators are exchanging exclamations of "You can't quit me! I quit you first!" today. Read more.

By adamg - 1/29/20 - 1:34 pm

The Boston City Council agreed today to hold a hearing to look into what can be done about a school-transportation budget that continues to increase. Read more.

By adamg - 1/24/20 - 11:15 am
Map showing neighborhoods with dramatic drops in kids: From Allston to Dorchester

From the Boston Foundation report.

The Boston Foundation reports a Manhattanizing Boston increasingly split between the well off and the very poor is rapidly losing its under-18 population: Read more.

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