School Committee Chair: Federal Government Must Maintain Funding for Boston Public Schools

The last time I visited a Congressional office, I sat at the knee of the Speaker of the House Tip O'Neill. He gave me a Celtics pennant, which (rumor had it) was given to him by Red Auerbach following the Celtics championship run earlier that year. It was 1986, and I was eight years old. This past March, I returned to Capitol Hill with my Boston School Committee colleague, Jamaica Plain native Michael O’Neill, and representatives from the Boston Public Schools (BPS) and the city of Boston to ask our representatives and senators to preserve federal funding for our schools. Boston, like many other large urban districts around the country, has faced declining federal revenue streams during the last several years.

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Three Finalists Named for School Superintendent; Public Interviews Begin April 22

The previous Boston Public Schools superintendent resigned in June of last year, and Jamaica Plain's Laura Perille has been the interim superintendent since that time. Starting April 22, the three finalists to be the next superintendent will participate in public interviews. The three candidates will participate in four separate public interviews during the course of one day. Marie Izquierdo's interviews will be on April 22, Dr. Brenda Cassellius' interviews will be on April 23, and Dr. Oscar Santos' interviews will be on April 24. Please see below for full schedule of public interviews.

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Boston Schools Respect Week Promotes Respectful Student Conduct In-Person and Online

This week all Boston Public School students from sixth to 12th grade are learning about how to engage in positive interactions with their peers, whether it's in person, via text or online. During BPS' first-ever 24/7 Respect Week all middle and high school students are watching a video called Stay Out of the Box. After watching the video students will participate in classroom discussions about how bias-based behavior and sexually explicit comments and images can be damaging to themselves and their peers. They'll learn about the dangers of posting derogatory and inappropriate messages on social media. The video is co-produced by the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) and the Office of Equity.

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BuildBPS Community Conversation co-sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council

Please come to this community meeting co-sponsored by the Jamaica Plain Neighborhood Council to learn more about the BuildBPS proposed plan:

- Understand the educational vision of Boston Public Schools

- Learn about the impacts on the city and your neighborhood

- Ask questions

 

Registration 5:45-6:15pm

Prompt Program Start at 6:30PM

 

Refreshments and childcare will be provided.  

Spanish translation available.  

Preregistration encouraged but not necessary    https://www.eventbrite.com/e/buildbps-community-conversation-jamaica-plain-tickets-53346397511