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City Hall backs off plans to move O’Bryant School
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City Hall backs off plans to move O’Bryant School
Boston Mayor Michelle Wu has backed off from plans to move the O’Bryant School from the heart of the Black community to West Roxbury, meaning that the city’s premiere academy of science and mathematics will remain, at least for now, on Malcolm X Boulevard in Roxbury.
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BPS denies having a ‘do not hire’ list
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BPS denies having a ‘do not hire’ list
The Boston Public Schools has told the City Council that the district does not maintain a list of people who shouldn’t be hired or rehired, a practice that a former employee and the teachers union indicated they suspected was in place.
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Opinion
Moving the O’Bryant to West Roxbury would be a mistake
On June 6, Mayor Michelle Wu and Superintendent Mary Skipper announced their proposal to move the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics and Science from Roxbury to the West Roxbury Educational Complex. We understand many students, staff and families have conflicting feelings about this proposal, but as longtime Boston school teachers, we believe moving the city’s most diverse exam school to the least T-accessible neighborhood in the city is not in the best interests of our students.
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Opinion
Why does BPS skip restorative justice as a solution to school safety?
School safety in the Boston Public Schools (BPS) is not as simple as taking a stand on police or metal detectors in schools. The real problem is that Superintendent Mary Skipper and Mayor Michelle Wu do not see schools as distinct communities.
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Opinion
A lack of transparency at BPS
With each superintendent and mayor comes the fabricated commitments of “transparency,” “community engagement” and “equity.” As we approach Superintendent Skipper’s eighth month on the job and only three short months from the end of the school year, BPS families have continued to wait for quality BPS leadership, visionary goals and transparency.
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A new approach to school mergers?
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A new approach to school mergers?
In 2002, when Mary Skipper was appointed headmaster at Tech Boston, the former Dorchester High School building housed two other schools: Noonan Business Academy and Academy of Public Service. When she left 11 years later, Tech Boston was the only community left. Her tenure at the helm of the schools gave her hands-on experience with school closures and mergers.
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Local News
BPS officials release 2024 budget
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Mary Skipper announced a $1.4 billion budget for the 2023-2024 school year — an increase of $65 million over the previous year.
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Why the call for police in BPS schools?
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Why the call for police in BPS schools?
The Council of the Great City Schools last Wednesday released a report on school safety recommending among other things that Boston Public Schools convene a focus group of stakeholders and administrators to consider whether the district should form an internal police department.yawu
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Councilors, BPS officials at odds over sexual misconduct statistics
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Councilors, BPS officials at odds over sexual misconduct statistics
During an Oct. 27 City Council hearing on violence in the Boston Public Schools, Councilors Michael Flaherty, Erin Murphy and Ed Flynn questioned BPS officials on increased reports of violence in the schools.
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Opinion
Will Skipper change the BPS culture?
Demanding an end to the pattern of racism targeting Black and brown Boston Public Schools central office leaders, 15 retired high-ranking BPS leaders of color sent a letter to new Superintendent Mary Skipper on Aug. 24, 2022.
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Ex-BPS staff allege pattern of race bias
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Ex-BPS staff allege pattern of race bias
Fifteen retired high-ranking Boston Public Schools leaders of color are demanding that Superintendent Mary Skipper put an end to what they see as a pattern of targeting Black and brown central office leaders.
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BPS superintendent discusses plans to boost graduation rates
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BPS superintendent discusses plans to boost graduation rates
Boston Superintendent Mary Skipper said improving student graduation rates will be a priority in her new role, kicking off her first official day on the job.
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