The BPS administration’s efforts to close the McCormack Middle School have not gone smoothly.
First, McCormack students and staff fought back and won an agreement to merge their school with a high school instead of shutting it down.
Then there was the furor over the plan by city and BPS officials to turn over the McCormack’s athletic fields to the Boys and Girls Clubs of Dorchester for construction of an indoor facility.
That ran up against strong opposition from the neighbors, staff, and students. In the end, despite opposition from all the groups most directly affected, the School Committee approved…
By Alain Jehlen
Yet another crisis over Boston Public Schools buildings serving largely Black and Brown students: Educators, students, and parents of the Edward M. Kennedy School for Health Careers are blasting the decision to put its 200 juniors and seniors in the vacant Endicott Elementary School building near Franklin Park.
The Boston Teachers Union plans to give away 40,000 free children’s books September 23, 24, and 25 at its annual Book Fair, says Brenda Chaney, lead organizer of the event.
Because of COVID, the union is taking extra precautions this year. Chaney says, “We won’t have any vendors, and everyone has to register ahead of time and follow the protocol of wearing masks.”
She says there will be a small number of books for preschool, more for grades 2 through 5, and “quite a few for middle and high school students.”
The fair will be at the BTU’s headquarters building, 180 Mt. Vernon Street, Dorchester.
To register, go to BTU.org/back-to-school.
Here’s the flyer in seven languages.
By Edith Bazile, as first appeared in Schoolyard News
“Politeness as filtered through fragility and supremacy isn’t about manners. It’s about a methodology of controlling the conversation.” — Mikki Kendall, Hood Feminism: Notes from the Woman that a Movement Forgot
Today, American public education is a caste system empowered by policies that push Black students to the bottom.
The Globe editorial board recently criticized the campaign for an elected School Committee.
Three letters attacking the editorial ran September 2. Read all three here.
Here’s our summary:
BPS educator Sunny Pai was one of the lead organizers of the campaign for a fairer approach to admissions. Many other Asian Americans also played important roles.
But many speakers on the other side were Asian, too, and the photo that newspapers kept choosing to illustrate the conflict showed mostly Asian-American demonstrators in front of Boston Latin School holding signs that read, “Keep Exam,” “Save Boston Exam School,” and “No Lottery Schools.”
Pai recently posted a thread about all this on Twitter. Here it is, along with supporting charts:
By Alain Jehlen
In yet another surprising reversal in the exam school admissions saga, the Task Force “100 percent” plan that was pushed aside two weeks ago by shadowy political figures now seems to be back in contention for Wednesday’s School Committee vote.
That plan calls for all seats to be divvied up among eight socioeconomic “tiers” in which students will be ranked by a combination of grades and test scores. (More details of the two proposals here.)
The intent of the eight separate tiers is to have students compete with others of roughly comparable socioeconomic circumstances, so that children…
The School Committee has scheduled a vote for July 14 on a new admissions system proposed by the Exam School Admissions Task Force for Boston Latin School, Boston Latin Academy, and the O’Bryant High School of Mathematics and Science.
The Task Force informally agreed to a proposal on June 28. But two days later, Co-chairs Michael Contompasis and Tanisha Sullivan presented a different plan to the School Committee, “on behalf” of the Task Force.
That’s because on June 29, the co-chairs told the Task Force that unnamed political actors had threatened unspecified but serious harm to the Boston Public Schools…
The co-chairs of the Exam School Admissions Task Force carried out their end of the bargain yesterday after the City Council passed the school budget, presenting an admissions plan to the School Committee “on behalf” of the Task Force, although most Task Force members preferred a different plan.
After four months of study and debate, the Task Force had reached a compromise Monday night. Their plan called for dividing the city’s census tracts into eight socio-economically similar “tiers.” …