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Despite it being the night of a Red Sox World Series game and at least the ninth candidates forum of the election season, about 50 parent voters came Wednesday to the the city’s high school for a final glimpse at their School Committee options Nov. 5.
The question of longer school days gets a presentation Tuesday by the school district superintendent, as well as an chance for public comment. Officials and parents attending will likely see an extended “school day” of their own.
Elected officials keen on early childhood education weren’t taking slow for an answer Monday.
With at least 208 homeless kids in Cambridge Public Schools and even more considered “food insecure,” parents and educators are patching together efforts to raise awareness and have fewer going home hungry over weekends and holidays.
After years of turbulence resulting from budget squeezes, a new superintendent and major structural changes, the city’s school district has reached what one official dubs approvingly “the Year of Staffing Stability” – a sign that things are settling down.
This makes it likely teachers will enter a second year without a contract and throw a plan for a longer school day into turmoil just as the School Committee wraps up business ahead of a roughly two-month hiatus.
A bid for universal junior kindergarten in Cambridge’s public schools has led only to a realization of how little room for new students the district has – and a Tuesday vote by the School Committee to plead with the City Council to help alleviate the space crunch and make the plan happen.
The costs of school construction worry city officials enough that they’re slowing the pace – and yet still say there’s cause to worry about bumping up against Cambridge’s debt ceiling, preventing other major projects and even interfering with replacement of potholed streets and cracked sidewalks.
Adding an hour to the school day is among the biggest changes coming to teachers and administrators as they consider accepting a negotiated three-year contract. The bargaining units of the Cambridge Education Association vote June 20.
Teachers, administrators and the school district have a tentative three-year contract agreement, Cambridge Education Association president Chris Colbath-Hess said Tuesday. They have been without a contract agreement throughout this school year.