Parents speak against changes to K-8 school structure

Parents packed Tuesday’s meeting of the School Committee to plead the case of the K-8 school in the coming reworking of the city’s middle grades, with some two-thirds of the crowd representing the Amigos dual-language school. The committee needs to hear from more people, though, for changes likely to take place September 2011.

School Committee considers adding Muslim holidays to calendar

The School Committee was asked Tuesday to put Muslim holidays on the academic calendar alongside those of Christians and Jews, but committee members held back from voting immediately. The issue was put off until a Jan. 5 meeting, when a broader policy — and the effects of new days off on parents, staff and the city — could be addressed.

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