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BPS needs better planning for high-needs students
Boston Public Schools is failing our high-needs students. In creating its reopening plans, BPS created plans for all schools and all students, rather than prioritizing students who had not received in-person services since March.
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Parents, students discuss safe return to school
In a virtual meeting with the Massachusetts Education Justice Alliance on Sept. 3, several parents, students and teachers discussed what would make them feel safe enough to return to school buildings in the fall.
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School dept., teachers at odds over school plan
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School dept., teachers at odds over school plan
Tensions between Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius and the Boston Teachers Union continue to simmer as the district pushes forward with plans to reopen schools over the objections of schoolteachers and staff who say they want to see more safety measures put in place.
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Concerns growing on back-to-school plans
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Concerns growing on back-to-school plans
With days left before school districts are required to submit plans for reopening schools, school teachers and staff are pushing back on plans for in-person classes, citing factors ranging from the state’s lack of COVID-19 testing capacity to school buildings that lack well-functioning HVAC systems or windows that open.
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BPS, developers present McCormack plans
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BPS, developers present McCormack plans
Last year, the Boston Public Schools’ plan to sell off the playing fields next to the John W. McCormack Middle School in Dorchester appeared to come to a halt as students and local abutters raised concerns about the loss of open space and a development process that appeared to put developers first. Last Wednesday, BPS officials and the prospective developers of the land presented plans to move the project forward.
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A rating system tilted against Hub schools
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A rating system tilted against Hub schools
State law gives the Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education wide discretion in deciding whether to take partial or complete control of a school or school district.
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State school intervention sparks pushback
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State school intervention sparks pushback
City councilors, parents and teachers lit into board members of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in a meeting last Tuesday, urging them to suspend a controversial memorandum of understanding that outlines the state’s intervention into the Boston Public Schools.
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BPS releases 2021 budget
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BPS releases 2021 budget
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius has released a $1.26 billion fiscal year 2021 budget that would increase school spending by $80 million, a 6.3 percent increase in the budget.
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Boston teacher's Black Lives Matter initiative draws fire from police union
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Boston teacher's Black Lives Matter initiative draws fire from police union
A police union official had angry words for the Boston Teachers Union’s third annual week-long Black Lives Matter observance, firing off a broadside at BTU President Jessica Tang.
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Cassellius releases five-year plan for Boston Public Schools
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Cassellius releases five-year plan for Boston Public Schools
Brenda Cassellius, the superintendent of Boston Public Schools, released a strategic plan to the Boston School Committee on Jan. 15.
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In the news: Andrea Zayas
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In the news: Andrea Zayas
As Chief Academic Officer for Boston Public Schools, Andrea Zayas' mission is to ensure every one of the 55,000 students in the district has access to rigorous, culturally and linguistically sustaining coursework in preparation for a life of opportunity.
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More parent input would have helped BPS superintendent search
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More parent input would have helped BPS superintendent search
The process of replacing Tommy Chang as Boston Public Schools superintendent is ending the way it began: hurriedly, secretively, and with little apparent consideration of either the desires of the BPS community or for the requirements of this job. The superintendent will directly impact the lives of tens of thousands of Boston’s next generation.
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