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    BOSTON—In partnership with Success Boston and The Boston Foundation, and as a part of College and Career Month, Boston Public Schools (BPS) is preparing students and their families for the after-high-school planning process. STEM focused engagement opportunities will also be available to students throughout October. College & Career Month is focused on helping all students understand the importance of beginning the postsecondary planning process early and engaging their families, counselors, teachers, partners, and mentors in their journey.  BPS’ Annual City-Wide College, Career, and STEM Fair is next Saturday, October 22nd, from 10:00 AM to 1:00 PM at The Reggie Lewis Athletic Center at 1350b Tremont Street, Boston, 02120. “Our young people should have access to every opportunity in Boston," said Mayor Michelle Wu. "These events will help connect them to resources and next steps as leaders in our city.”  The project directly supports the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education's statewide effort to help prepare students for Success after High School. There will be an amplified effort to support students with completing their Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). Studies have shown that 90% of students who complete a FAFSA by March 15th are more likely to enter college in the fall.  “Our mission is to focus on the well-being of the whole child and accelerate our students’ academic performance,” said Superintendent Mary Skipper. “Engaging our students in a strong STEAM education will set them up for success throughout the rest of their journeys in education, in career, and life long after they leave Boston Public Schools.” 

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    BOSTON– Superintendent Mary Skipper yesterday joined Boston After School & Beyond, Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser, and nearly 300 community leaders to share 2022 results from a citywide network of summer learning programs. This year, a record-breaking 15,851 students engaged in 238 community and school-based programs – an 11% increase in students driven by the addition of 26 programs.  "Our young people are the leaders that we need to invest in today,” said Mayor Michelle Wu. Programs like these, blending enrichment and education, are proven to boost student outcomes throughout the year and throughout students' lives. These programs are critical in ensuring that we meet our goal of making Boston the most family-friendly city in America."  “With all of the loss of academic and social-emotional development, summer programs are vital to the growth of our students,” said Superintendent Mary Skipper. “But our work is not over at the end of the summer: we pledge to accelerate our programming for students and, most importantly, identify the most vulnerable students to ensure access to these invaluable resources. Students, especially those who have been traditionally marginalized, like our Black and Brown students, special education, or multilingual learners, are experiencing an increase in gaps in social and emotional challenges coming out of the pandemic. We are grateful to have deeply committed partners, like Boston After School & Beyond, join us in our efforts to provide our students with increased access to academic enrichment and learning opportunities. 

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    BOSTON – Boston Public Schools (BPS) Superintendent Mary Skipper today provided context and insights on the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS) and accountability data released by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE). The data show that students in grades 3 through 8 and in the 10th grade have made progress since 2021 but are not yet back to pre-pandemic levels. It also indicates where more acceleration and support are needed. Some strengths represented in the BPS data include some gains for students with disabilities and former English learners in some categories, including math. However, District leaders believe that more must be done to close the gaps within these results. Chronic student absenteeism last school year was a factor that likely contributed to these outcomes. At the direction of Superintendent Skipper, BPS is working to prioritize supporting students and families who experience chronic absenteeism.

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    The Boston School Committee has received the final of three reports from the law firm of Hinckley Allen and Snyder, the first of which detailed allegations of pervasive student-on-student physical and sexual misconduct, bias-based conduct, bullying, and lack of special education compliance, dating back to 2014 at the now-closed Mission Hill K-8 School. The third and final phase of the investigation audited Central Office policies and practices. The redacted findings from this investigation can be found below.

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