The student dress code for Cambridge Public Schools ran into new conflict as the School Committee held its summer meeting Tuesday, thinking the second reading of revisions on the code would be the final.
Superintendent Kenneth Salim’s “entry plan” includes core value, a schedule for his first several months on the job and an adviser list suggesting he’s coming in with a profound consciousness of the achievement gap persisting despite three decades of effort.
Taps where testing found worrisome levels of lead have been shut off and are being replaced this summer, but the quality of the water going into the buildings has been called “in very good shape.”
A statewide effort for more charter schools was opposed Tuesday by the School Committee in a 5-2 vote, an item brought up after being tabled from the previous meeting – as were policies on standardized tests ending this week and sexual harassment at school.
Several Cambridge Rindge and Latin School teachers, with backup from students, have appealed to the School Committee to improve hiring and retention of teachers of color.
At its first meeting since passing a budget April 5, the School Committee had trouble getting through the agenda before going into a closed-door session, with members calendaring items on charter schools, district-level positions and opting out of PARCC tests.
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students staged a Sexual Assault Awareness Month walkout on Tuesday, decrying what they called a school culture in which fellow students could say offensive things without risk of being called out for it.
Though there were no votes against it and only slight changes from Superintendent Jeffrey Young’s proposed budget from March 15, which itself had few changes over the current year, getting to the 5-0-2 vote brought several contentious and messy moments.
Principals lined up to field questions from School Committee members Tuesday, but despite efforts to get them to explore whether they need more resources, they didn’t take the bait.
Remaking the school and community complex on Cambridge Street is likely to cost the city some $26 million more than expected – but for a good reason: It could house school district administrators, long relegated to a crumbling leased building in East Cambridge.