BPS News

  • BPS to move forward with plans to invest in great teaching despite Union’s demand to block reforms

    Interim Superintendent John McDonough says the Boston Public Schools has no intention of re-hiring approximately 30 teachers who were removed due to poor performance last year, and does not intend to suspend the performance evaluations and support plans currently in progress for an additional group of teachers deemed underperforming, as demanded in a grievance filed by leaders of the Boston Teachers Union.

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  • Harvard study: BPS early education programs lead to long-term learning gains and help close achievement gaps

    A Harvard study published by the Society for Research in Child Development finds the academic gains achieved by students in Boston Public Schools’ early childhood education programs are the “largest found to date in evaluations of large-scale public prekindergarten programs.” According to the study, academic gains were particularly strong for Latino children, with African American students also showing significant, sustained gains in reading skills that last throughout elementary school.

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  • School Committee adopts new wellness policy

    In a 5-0 vote, the Boston School Committee has adopted a new District Wellness Policy. Creating a coordinated approach to student health, the comprehensive policy covers topics that include physical activity, cultural proficiency, health and nutrition education, as well as condom access in high schools when combined with sexual health counseling. This is already the practice in 19 BPS high schools; the new policy will expand it to all 32.

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  • BPS offers universal free meals for every child

    The Boston Public Schools will serve free meals – both lunch and breakfast -- to all students, regardless of their income status this year. Boston becomes one of the largest cities in the nation to join a program aimed at serving healthy meals to more children and save families money. “Every child has a right to healthy, nutritious meals in school, and when we saw a chance to offer these healthy meals at no cost to them, we jumped at the chance,” said Mayor Thomas M. Menino. “This takes the burden of proof off our low-income families and allows all children, regardless of income, to know healthy meals are waiting for them at school every day.”

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  • Boston Summer Learning Project wins national award

    The Boston Summer Learning Project has been named a national winner of the New York Life Excellence in Summer Learning Award. The annual award recognizes summer programs that demonstrate excellence in accelerating academic achievement and promoting healthy development for low-income young people.

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  • Boston students again outperform urban peers on Nation's Report Card

    Boston Public Schools students continue to outperform their peers in nearly every large city across a variety of measures, while BPS educates a far more diverse population than other cities, according to new results released today by the National Assessment for Educational Progress (NAEP), also known as the “Nation’s Report Card.” The assessment measures academic progress for 4th and 8th grade students.

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