Friday, December 14, 2012
Boston Police Commissioner Ed Davis said there will be more uniformed Boston Police officers around schools the next couple of days - even though there is no connection to Boston in today's tragic shooting in Newtown, Conn.
There will be more uniformed Boston Police officers patrolling in and around Boston schools the next coming days in response to Friday's tragic shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Boston Police Commissioner posted the following statement on BPDnews.com: "Our deepest sympathies go out to the victims and the families of those affected by the Newtown, Connecticut shooting. I have been in touch with the Superintendent of Boston Public Schools and the Chief of the Transit Police. Although there is no connection to the Boston area, the shooting is disturbing. Accordingly, we will be increasing uniformed police patrols in and around schools over the next several days." Dr. Carol Johnson, superintendent of Boston Public Schools, said that staff …
Monday, December 10, 2012
Cathedral High School in the South End is one of the schools involved in the compact to designed to improve teaching and learning for all students in Boston.
Boston received a $3 million grant this week to further the city's efforts to link all Boston's schools, whether they are public, charter or private, to improve teaching and learning for all students in the city. The grant, through the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation, awards the city $3.25 million to expand and deepen the already in place "compact" program. The new funds are aimed at supporting that goal through deeper collaboration between schools and growing existing partnerships. “I represent every student in Boston, no matter which school he or she attends,” Mayor Menino said in a statement. “This award will help all our schools work together to ensure every child gets a great education.” Since its launch in 2011, all 128 Boston …
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
Boston Public Schools' Superintendent outlines the reasons for the change to the school choice system in Boston.
Tuesday, November 13, 2012
The following was written by Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol R. Johnson: November kicks off School Choice season in the Boston Public Schools. Over the next month we will be welcoming parents to a series of school showcases to help them explore their options for next year. Additionally, between now and early January every Boston Public School will host at least three open houses to help parents and students can find a school that offers the right fit. You can see the full list at here. We created these opportunities because we are proud of what every school has to offer. More than eight times as many 8th grade students are enrolled in Algebra today than just four years ago, and thanks to our partners, 14,000 more students …
Sunday, October 28, 2012
All non-essential city employees are being asked to stay home.
Boston Public Schools will be closed Monday due to extreme weather expected due to Hurricane Sandy. Boston Mayor Thomas Menino has also asked that all non-essential city employees should stay at home. “After assessing the most updated report from the National Weather Service, and out of concern for the safety of Boston residents, Boston Public Schools will be closed Monday and only essential personnel will report to City Hall,” said Menino via press release. “I urge Boston employers to assist the city in keeping residents safe, and allow employees to work from home.”
Thursday, October 11, 2012
A Jamaica Plain parent came away unimpressed with a recent public comment night. The Boston Public Schools have presented five ways to overhaul the district's student assignment system.
Thursday, October 11, 2012
[Editor's note: The author of this column, John Radosta, is a Forest Hills resident with a child at West Roxbury's Ohrenberger School. The schools have presented plans ranging from "no zone" neighborhood schools to a 23-zone plan.] Last Thursday, I was one of over two hundred people who came to the Ohrenberger School for a presentation by the Boston Public Schools on the School Assignment proposals. The crowd was the largest of the BPS meetings that are being held over the course of two weeks, perhaps because it is the only meeting near to Roslindale and Jamaica Plain as well. In addition to a number of School Committee, External Advisory Committee members, and about half a dozen BPS principals, Representative Ed Coppinger attended, as …
Wednesday, October 10, 2012
The Boston Public Schools said that a "grandfathering" clause is included in all school choice plans, so students will be able to remain in their current schools once a new system begins.
Boston Public School officials said that students will be able to remain in their present school even after a new student assignment plan begins. School officials sent out a statement specifically about the issue. 'Can my child stay in his or her school if we adopt a new assignment plan?' We are doing our best to answer your great questions about our Improving School Choice proposals. One of the most common questions we have received so far comes from parents of current students, who are asking whether their child can stay in his or her current school under whatever plan we create.
The answer is yes. At Wednesday's Boston School Committee meeting, Superintendent Carol Johnson recommended to the Boston School Committee to create a '…
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
"BPS has just offered its best thinking on how a new system might look in the future and is asking for your feedback." - Boston Mayor Thomas Menino
Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Editor's note: The following is a letter to the editor by Mayor Thomas Menino. Read more about the five plans proposed by the Boston School Department here. In January I made a promise to our city’s parents and children. Our families would like a school choice system that passes the common-sense test. Today’s system does not. In the Bowdoin/Geneva area of Dorchester, where families speak 15 different languages and one in four falls below the poverty line, 2,000 students attend 100 different schools. Something similar could be said in East Boston, in Jamaica Plain, in Allston and in Dorchester. We cannot build a stronger community when we split ourselves apart every morning. This spring we asked you to tell us how we can improve the school …
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Officials from the Boston Public School Department presented five different plans to address the issue of school choice in the city. All the proposals would mark a significant change for South End residents.
The choices are on the table for future generations of Boston Public School students. The Boston Public Schools Department presented a series of five options that would address school choice among students in Boston, with proposals ranging from doing away with the zone system completely to a system involving 23 different zones that span the city. The schools currently run in a three zone system, meaning some students attend schools across large swaths of the city. In thinking about the different plans, BPS said the frameworks considered equitable access, proximity to home for students, element of choice, diversity, safety, predictability, simpler for families, transportation savings, ease of execution. Each of the proposed options would …
Thursday, July 26, 2012
A proposal by Superintendent Johnson would tack two hours onto the school day at some Boston Public Schools. Do you think its a good idea?
Come 2014, the school day may get two hours longer for some Boston Public School students. Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson announced the change Wednesday. It's part of a policy she has the right to implement under the Boston Teachers Association’s current contract. The move creates “Project Promise” schools, and comes after two years of failed negotiations about how to extend the school day city-wide. Failed Negotiations “We have tried and continue to try many different ways to resolve collective bargaining issues with the BTU,” Johnson wrote in a letter to the union. “The Project Promise provisions will allow us to give students more time at some low-performing schools, though we will not be able to extend the day at nearly as many …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Superintendent Johnson admitted she was wrong for not disciplining a school headmaster who is on probation after allegedly assaulting his wife.
A City Councilor is calling for Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson to be removed after she did not discipline a school headmaster after he was arrested for assaulting his wife. Meanwhile, more than 200 Johnson supporters rallied at Jamaica Plain's Bethel A.M.E. Church on Saturday, according to the Globe. Rodney Peterson was the headmaster at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science in Roxbury, was placed on administrative leave after he was charged with choking his wife last June, and has since left the Boston Public Schools system. Johnson has apologized for her handling of the situation, telling Deborah Becker on WBUR's Morning Edition, “I made a mistake. I wish I had done things differently. In retrospect, I …