Tuesday, December 18, 2012
Residents are invited to a public hearing with Boston Public Schools and the Boston Public Health Commission on Tuesday night to address mental health issues, especially in light of the recent tragedy of Newtown, Connecticut.
The timing of a scheduled Boston City Council hearing on ending the stigma of mental health illnesses is eerily uncanny due to the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut last week. As the nation continues to mourn and wonder why the shooter did what he did, the question of his mental health is being openly discussed. Were there warning signs? Did he ever seek treatment? For many people, there is a stigma attached to seeking mental health help. On Tuesday night, At-Large Boston City Councilor Felix G. Arroyo is hosting a hearing on "ending the mental health stigma and how the city can be a part of the effort." Previously, Arroyo assembled a task force of mental health organizations that will be represented at the hearing to …
Thursday, November 15, 2012
Boston Public Schools' Superintendent outlines the reasons for the change to the school choice system in Boston.
Thursday, November 15, 2012
The following was written by Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol R. Johnson: November kicks off School Choice season in the Boston Public Schools. Over the next month we will be welcoming parents to a series of school showcases to help them explore their options for next year. Additionally, between now and early January every Boston Public School will host at least three open houses to help parents and students can find a school that offers the right fit. You can see the full list at here. We created these opportunities because we are proud of what every school has to offer. More than eight times as many 8th grade students are enrolled in Algebra today than just four years ago, and thanks to our partners, 14,000 more …
Friday, October 5, 2012
The Boston Public Schools said that a "grandfathering" claus is included in all school choice plans, so students will be able to remain in their current schools once a new system begins.
Boston Public School officials said that students will be able to remain in their present school even after a new student assignment plan begins. School officials sent out a press release specifically about the issue. 'Can my child stay in his or her school if we adopt a new assignment plan?' We are doing our best to answer your great questions about our Improving School Choice proposals. One of the most common questions we have received so far comes from parents of current students, who are asking whether their child can stay in his or her current school under whatever plan we create.
The answer is yes. At Wednesday's Boston School Committee meeting, Superintendent Carol Johnson recommended to the Boston School Committee to create a '…
Tuesday, September 25, 2012
Officials from the Boston Public School Department presented five different plans to address the issue of school choice in the city. All the proposals would mark a significant change for students.
The choices are on the table for future generations of students who will attend Boston Public Schools. The Boston Public Schools department presented a series of five options that would seek to address school choice among students in Boston, with proposals ranging from doing away with the zone system completely, to a system involving 23 different zones that span the city of Boston. The schools currently run in a three zone system, meaning some students attend schools across large swaths of the city. In thinking about the different plans, BPS said the frameworks considered equitable access, closer to home for students, element of choice, diversity, safety, predictability, simpler for families, transportation savings, ease of execution. …
Monday, September 24, 2012
Boston Public Schools will release five alternative plans for school choice. What would you like to see the school system do to improve school assignments for kids?
Boston Public Schools will host a meeting 6 p.m. Monday night to announce five alternative school choice plans. The five alternatives were designed to improve local school access while preserving a parent's ability to choose the best school for their child, according to Superintendent Carol Johnson. Johnson made her remarks to WBUR. The schools have been mum on the details of the plan, preferring to present them Monday night at the Lilla Frederick Pilot Middle School in Dorchester. From there, the department plans more public meetings to present and vet the alternatives, which will also be examined by an advisory committee appointed by Mayor Thomas Menino, according to boston.com. What do you think? What kind of changes should the school …
Monday, July 16, 2012
Superintendent Johnson admitted she was wrong for not disciplining a school headmaster who is on probation after allegedly assaulting his wife.
A City Councilor is calling for Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson to be removed after she did not discipline a school headmaster after he was arrested for assaulting his wife. Meanwhile, more than 200 Johnson supporters rallied at Jamaica Plain's Bethel A.M.E. Churchon Saturday, according to the Globe. Rodney Peterson was the headmaster at the John D. O’Bryant School of Mathematics & Science in Roxbury, was placed on administrative leave after he was charged with choking his wife last June, and has since left the Boston Public Schools system. Johnson has apologized for her handling of the situation, telling Deborah Becker on WBUR's Morning Edition, “I made a mistake. I wish I had done things differently. In retrospect, I…
Tuesday, May 22, 2012
BPS says "new procedures will ensure a higher level of service for BPS students and families at the beginning of the new school year."
Bus transportation has long been an issue in Boston, especially earlier this school year when buses were at a 65% rate of being ontime to schools. With that in mind, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol Johnson today outlined changes to the BPS transportation department she said "will ensure on-time performance and improved communication with families for the beginning of the next school year." BPS is making several changes to improve customer service, too, including allowing parents to identify alternate afternoon drop off locations in advance so most stops can be routed before the school year begins, rather than several weeks after the school year begins. (What changes would you like to see to the Boston Public Schools …
Monday, September 5, 2011
At a public meeting last week, Superintendent Carol Johnson highlighted new initiatives for Boston Public Schools.
Monday, September 5, 2011
On the cusp of the first day of school, Superintendent of Boston Public Schools, held a press conference Friday to tout some highlights her office is looking forward to for the 2011-12 school year. At the top of the list were increased physical education and arts opportunities for students, the introduction of two new industry charter schools and an innovation school at the Clap School in Dorchester. And one more point of special note: almost every school in the city now has an after-school program. The Boston scholar athletes program This year, administrators are trying to strengthen athletics and academics – at the same time. There are zones in every high school equipped with computers and facilitators for the Boston scholar athletes …