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.
At its first meeting since passing a budget April 5, the School Committee had trouble getting through the agenda before going into a closed-door session, with members calendaring items on charter schools, district-level positions and opting out of PARCC tests.
Cambridge Rindge and Latin School students staged a Sexual Assault Awareness Month walkout on Tuesday, decrying what they called a school culture in which fellow students could say offensive things without risk of being called out for it.
Though there were no votes against it and only slight changes from Superintendent Jeffrey Young’s proposed budget from March 15, which itself had few changes over the current year, getting to the 5-0-2 vote brought several contentious and messy moments.
Principals lined up to field questions from School Committee members Tuesday, but despite efforts to get them to explore whether they need more resources, they didn’t take the bait.
Remaking the school and community complex on Cambridge Street is likely to cost the city some $26 million more than expected – but for a good reason: It could house school district administrators, long relegated to a crumbling leased building in East Cambridge.
More than 100 Cambridge educators – general and special education teachers, interventionists and coaches – turned out for sharp talk about testing this week. While aiming to make testing “work,” the educators had many concerns and complaints.
Superintendent Jeffrey Young presented his last proposed Cambridge budget of his career Tuesday, coming in with a $172.8 million total – a proposal now balanced through increased revenue from the city budget and cuts “not impacting classrooms.”
There was palpable tension Tuesday at what is now being billed as the first of a “series of community conversations” about testing in Cambridge schools over the absence of educators in the discussion – at the request of the school administration.