Families entering Kindergarten, 6th grade or 9th grade next year and who made school choices in January should expect to receive their school assignment letters this week. These are the first assignments under the new Home-Based school choice system, which was developed by an advisory committee in partnership with the community to help families attend quality schools closer to home.
Ten thousand Chromebooks are arriving in Boston Public Schools this spring. Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Interim Superintendent John McDonough announced the program at the Mildred Avenue K-8 School in Mattapan, where some students became familiar with the low-cost laptops that allow easy access to the internet and Google applications.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and Interim Superintendent John McDonough launched an intervention designed to rapidly improve student achievement at Madison Park Technical/Vocational High School. The steps outlined today will ensure that the school’s Innovation Plan, which was developed by teachers, parents and experts and approved by the Boston School Committee in June, 2012, is put in place with fidelity.
A report by the Boston Public Schools indicates that students enrolled in the District’s free pre-kindergarten (K1) program may be more prepared for success in elementary school than children who enter Kindergarten who do not. BPS currently offers more than 2,300 pre-kindergarten K1 seats. Mayor Martin J. Walsh has pledged a significant expansion of the program, with a $1 million investment to add 100 additional seats next year and a more dramatic increase in the future. In 2013, more than 3,000 families applied for the city’s free K1 program.
Mayor Martin J. Walsh and the Boston School Committee announced the upcoming dates for public hearings to engage the community in the search for a Boston Public Schools (BPS) superintendent. "Boston parents, students and other stakeholders have shared valuable thoughts and suggestions as we begin the process of finding a permanent school superintendent," said Mayor Walsh. "Engaging these voices is a fundamental step in this search, and our selection should be shaped by what our community believes that we need for our kids. Holding public hearings has been a successful tactic throughout my transition and in the early days of my administration. I look forward to hearing what our community members have to say as we begin to host these meetings."
BPS has posted approximately one thousand teaching positions for the 2014-15 school year and has launched a recruiting drive to attract a diverse team of highly-qualified, dedicated educators to Boston’s classrooms. Current BPS teachers who are interested in new opportunities within the District and external candidates are all encouraged to apply for the positions this month. Positions are open to both internal and external teachers.