A move to “pause” implementation of the standardized test called PARCC won support Tuesday from the School Committee and will be sent to the city’s legislative delegation and other state-level education leaders.
Jamel Adkins-Sharif, appointed to lead Vassal Lane in March 2012 upon the creation of it and three other upper schools, plans to depart at the end of the academic year “to pursue other professional opportunities.”
While parents are frustrated about the lack of world language programs in the upper grades of Cambridge’s school district, they compete fiercely for spots in its three kindergarten language immersion programs – with the city’s wealthier families winning out.
A short-term rollback of some school choice policy tweaks look likely, but a look at how things stand since some 2013 revisions also seem to lay groundwork for a longer-term rethinking of school assignments – and maybe for neighborhood schools.
Teachers renew efforts against PARCC test as bar to ‘real work'; student has other way to reduce stress
Teachers came to the School Committee meeting on National Teachers’ Day to speak up, present petitions and ask for support in changing the climate in the classrooms that takes “us away from the real work of teaching and learning.”
The search for the next school superintendent is on track to be launched next month, with an advertisement next week soliciting recruitment firms to manage the process.
A $163.9 million budget for the next school year was approved unanimously by School Committee vote Tuesday. It’s about $7.3 million more than the current budget, with $1.2 million for new initiatives.
With social emotional support for kids, help for low-testing schools and teacher coaching identified as budget priorities, district officials talked a lot about how to refocus resources already in place.
With Cambridge’s two-year terms, all six School Committee positions – along with the mayor, who leads the committee – will be up for reelection this November, but the plan has the new superintendent chosen by October.
There were moments of palpable frustration at a special meeting on the budget Wednesday from some School Committee members, teachers and the public, particularly about the district’s burgeoning social and emotional issues.