BPS leaders unveil $1.4 billion budget, an increase of $65 million. Here’s how they’ll spend it.
Boston to seek state funding for new building for merged Shaw, Taylor schools
Boston Public Schools plans to seek state funding for a new elementary school building in Southern Dorchester or Mattapan to house two merged elementary schools.
State inspector general instructs Boston schools to crack down on late buses
The Massachusetts inspector general’s office implored Boston school officials on Tuesday to hold its troubled busing contractor, Transdev, accountable for late school buses, following a two-month inquiry into how the company emerged as the only bidder for a new five-year contract.
A mother's journey, helping families navigate BPS and protecting her own from it
Boston schools lost 15,000 Black students in the past 20 years. Where did they go, and will they ever return?
In a dramatic reshaping of its makeup, Boston Public Schools has lost half its Black student population in the last two decades, as Black enrollment fell from from 29,300 in the 2002-2003 school year to 14,600 last year.
She helped kids and teachers solve problems. Can she do the same for Boston Public Schools?
After leaving the helm of Somerville’s schools last fall to lead BPS, former teacher Mary Skipper is confronting the challenge of her career: turning around a school system that fails thousands of children every year.
Despite hardships, many parents side with educators as Woburn teacher strike drags on
Even while Woburn parents have been forced to cope with the school closures, many scrambling to come up with alternative childcare arrangements, several parents expressed their support for their children’s teachers, blaming the mayor for the ongoing disruption to their lives.
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March 15: Boston to seek state funding for new building for new elementary schoolMarch 8: Everett School Committee won’t renew superintendent contractMarch 1: Public schools rely on paraprofessionals but pay meager wages
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Inside the forgotten story of the Chinatown mothers who mobilized during the Boston busing crisis
The story of Boston’s busing crisis, the one memorialized in books, films, and podcasts, is typically characterized as a Black and white struggle. What is less known is the story of the Chinese immigrant women who organized a three-day school boycott in 1975 that would change the balance of power in Chinatown for decades to come.
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Academics and Learning
MCAS scores for schools across the state
Pandemic learning losses could cost Massachusetts students $21 billion in future earnings
Massachusetts students hit 19-year low on national reading, math exams
Massachusetts is no longer top of the class on national report card, falling behind Wyoming in fourth grade math and New Jersey in eighth grade reading.
Key things that schools can do to fight learning loss, according to experts
Nation’s Report Card spells out urgency for local, state leaders to address learning losses
Nation’s Report Card spells out urgency for local, state leaders to address learning lossesReading and math scores fell district, state, and nationwide in the National Assessment of Educational Progress, made public Monday. State and district leaders said the scores reinforce the need to work quickly to catch students up.
2022 MCAS scores show slow progress in student academic performance
New MCAS data underscore missed learning of the pandemic. What if kids can’t catch up?
New MCAS data underscore missed learning of the pandemic. What if kids can’t catch up?With the MCAS reinforcing prior data indicating many students are more than half a school year behind, the state and districts risk moving too slowly to make up that time.
Equity and Access
US Court of Appeals takes up Boston exam school case
Mass. vocational schools policy violates student civil rights, complaint says
The complaint calls for the US Office of Civil Rights to withhold all federal funding for the state’s vocational programs until the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education prohibits criteria-based admissions.
Race and Diversity
Busing doesn’t improve academic outcomes for Boston students of color, study finds
Not everyone is convinced by the research — which looks narrowly at test scores and college enrollment — but for others, it serves as further evidence that it may be time for Boston to consider abandoning the busing system.
BPS added more positions. But they don’t have enough people to fill them. The result? 800 vacancies
Black male teachers can make a big difference in the lives of their students — why are they so rare?