With the filing of first-semester grades for high school students just seven days away, the School Committee agreed to remove a attendance penalty temporarily and work with the district and students to develop a replacement policy.
The quick election of city councillor Marc McGovern as mayor – and therefore as chairman of the School Committee – at the council’s Jan. 1 morning inauguration led the way for the committee’s own election of its vice chair at their inauguration that evening.
Lacking how to measure academic successes almost kept the School Committee from voting approval of Superintendent Kenneth Salim’s District Plan Framework in June, after a yearlong germination period. Half a year later, those measures have been voted in.
A second community group has come forward with concerns over a recent “codification” of fees for the use of school buildings, asking the School Committee for reconsideration of charges that could hit some families hard.
A motion by School Committee members Emily Dexter and Manikka Bowman to televise all of this year’s budget-related meetings was set aside temporarily Nov. 21 by vice chairman Fred Fantini because budget co-chair Kathleen Kelly was not present.
On the rocky road to the promise of world language for all dangled before parents in past years, the School Committee tries to find a balance of socioeconomic status and sibling preference in classes with limited space.
Middle school principals were visibly frustrated by the end of a School Committee roundtable about the middle school math program when Mayor E. Denise Simmons made it clear that there was no action in sight.
The achievement gap and inability of the Cambridge Public School district to provide a quality education to all students weighed heavily on the minds of School Committee candidates and the questioners in two election forums last week.
Amid community debate over the MCAS 2.0 standardized test, the School Committee and lead school department administrators seemed destined to agree to count its scores as key measures of the superintendent’s three-year blueprint for the schools.
Progress on plans for universal preschool in Cambridge is promising, but needs to go a lot faster, officials said at a roundtable on early education.