A surge in high school population is making class registration, size and access – as well as participation in sports activities – more unpredictable and stressful, the School Committee heard Tuesday.
A district dress code policy was passed Tuesday by the School Committee, affirming language from a student-led process and without a controversial sentence added over the summer by an adult committee member.
A districtwide student dress code made its third appearance in as many meetings on Tuesday’s School Committee meeting agenda, and again remained unresolved at the end of the night.
Most if not all School Committee members were perplexed Tuesday by Mayor E. Denise Simmons’ motion to “convene a preliminary discussion on how members are to be identified, addressed and recorded for public record.”
At its first meeting of the school year, the School Committee telegraphed dual messages: Members will not be asking the school administration for much – if anything – this semester. And their meetings may be very tense.
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.