Acknowledging that some staff still feel “discouraged from speaking,” union head Dan Monahan said he is working with the School Committee and administration to make the budget process “both safe and deeply engaging for educators.”
CRLS staff is moving ahead on a plan to “detrack” English Language Arts classes for all first-year students. Gone will be the split between honors and the more basic “college prep” courses, giving more students a path to higher academic achievement.
The School Committee spent 1.5 hours at its first meeting of the year on two topics: whether to provide child care at a budget hearing, and whether to collect data on extracurriculars at the high school. Student committee members volunteered help with each.
An unusual request by four families to not have their children sent back to preschool after 10 weeks of successful junior kindergarten classes highlights the district’s ongoing tensions over age-tested access to the program.
Though short of an actual proposal, concrete information on what a world language program in Cambridge might look like, including research data on programs in other communities, was presented by public schools administrators after some five years’ delay.
The district is close to piloting ways to provide free sanitary products for girls in the city’s public schools, though not without bureaucratic hurdles and getting past an alarmingly high initial cost estimate.
A peek at the new superintendent’s “entry plan” got a muted reception Tuesday, with most School Committee members offering gentle observations and questions and one sending a polite but firm message asking to see more.
Rumors that honors-level classes are disappearing from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School are wrong, and administrators are simply exploring ways to improve ninth-grade English and world history classes.
It took until nearly the end of a two-hour roundtable on charter schools for anyone to bring up the heated climate in which the schools operate – especially with a ballot question coming up Nov. 8 that might raise the cap how many operate in the state.
Discussing topics as varied as special education, freshman high school sports, required health curriculum and upper school math, School Committee members showed improved collegiality and cooperation last week – even wading into early budget territory.