The final School Committee meeting before summer looked at topics including the replacement of a resigning principal and drug policies. But members were especially stirred by an initiative of third-graders seeking broader narratives on the Revolutionary War.
Officials have assured that the damages are covered by insurance and shouldn’t add to the $95.5 million cost of construction. In addition, the opening date for the campus seems to be in flux.
An explosive encounter with upper school principals last week had School Committee members expressing an interest Tuesday in wresting back more control from the administration on how they run their meetings.
In a series of appropriations votes, it was the $164 million schools budget embedded in a general fund budget item that drew the most comment and weakest approval, with only six of nine councillors voting in favor.
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.