With English High School students gathered in a packed gym, Governor Charlie Baker signed a bill into law that boosts investment in public schools by $1.5 billion annually over the next seven years. Baker was joined by numerous elected officials and business leaders, including Mayor Marty Walsh, Speaker of the House Robert DeLeo, Boston School Committee Chairman Michael Loconto, State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, City Councilors Matt O'Malley and Annissa Essaibi-George, and more on Nov. 26. The Student Opportunity Act will particularly provide new funding to school districts with high percentages of low-income students and English Language learners who often live in some of the highest-need communities. “This is a monumental moment for the future of our Commonwealth.
Jamaica Plain resident Frank Guerra, headmaster at Boston Trinity Academy, was recently honored by the Harvard Club of Boston Foundation with their annual Friends of Education Award. According to the foundation, this award is given “to individuals who have made significant contributions towards the education of secondary students.” Past recipients of this award include Mayor Tom Menino, Governor Charlie Baker, and Boston Public Schools Superintendents Tom Payzant and Mike Contompasis. Guerra received the award on Oct. 2, and in their accommodation, the Harvard Club mentioned that Mr. Guerra was chosen for this award based on the tremendous accomplishments the school has made in 17 years. Boston Trinity Academy was founded in 2002 with only 54 students.
Yellow buses, backpacks and excited kids are here: it’s back to school season. We’re lucky to live in Boston, a city with some of the smartest people in the world. I have a message for all our students heading into school this fall: nobody’s education is more important than yours, because nobody has the potential to change the world like you do. I’m proud of how hard you work and how brave you are in the face of all your different challenges. I know that this school year will be full of new opportunities, and new ways to learn and grow.
A new elementary private school is planning on opening at the former site of the Harvest Co-op in Forest Hills in fall 2020. The Croft School will be offering one class of pre-kindergarten and one class of kindergarten. As for what type of school Croft plans on being? "We know schools that are obsessive about testing and standards. We know other schools that choose to forego explicit teaching of critical literacy, math, and other foundational skills.
A new preschool opening this fall basing itself in the Arnold Arboretum is aiming to be the first licensed outdoor preschool in Boston. That's right -- the arboretum will be the students' classroom! "The best part about spending time in nature is that you never know what you'll find; at many schools all the lessons are pre-planned by the teacher, but in nature there's that sense of wonder when you see something unexpected or amazing," said Sarah Besse, co-founder of the Boston Outdoor Preschool Network (BOPN). "In nature, the teachers' role is not to 'deliver' pre-planned lessons, but rather to learn and explore with the children. Us teachers will follow the children's own interests, and help them how to go about finding answers to their own questions."