I am in touch with Cambridge youth. I have seen kids who were smart and qualified to go to college unable to go because they could not get the necessary funding. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, yet in Cambridge, with all its resources, it happens too often.
The School Committee will conduct an evaluation of the superintendent in a special meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. It is open to the public, but will not be televised and will be held offsite at Cambridge police headquarters near Kendall Square.
The school district’s hiring of expensive consultants came under fire from School Committee members this week, with members questioning the cost, lack of negotiation and whether there were measured outcomes that would support the practice.
School Committee members expressed deep frustration Tuesday that the absent superintendent changed what they considered an agreed-upon approach to managing student behavior issues, even reappropriating funds passed for the next district budget.
Another act of violence has taken the life of a human being in our city in Area IV – where I grew up and call home, an area with one of the highest poverty rates in the city, and where there have been nearly a half-dozen murders dating back to 1990.
With the start of the academic year just more than a month away, plans are still uncertain for the four schools affected by the May 30 fire on the roof of a new school building at 100 Putnam Ave.
School Committee member Mervan Osborne has opted not to run for reelection in November, citing job and family priorities: a second child and promotion to head of school at Boston’s Beacon Academy.
The Harvard Art Museums collections have been online for more than a decade on their own website, but this week 1,061 high-resolution images got added to the Google Cultural Institute, bringing a bunch of cool new features.
A revised schedule for selecting a new school superintendent has been sketched out by the School Committee and a firm hired to run the search, with several days identified as key opportunities for community stakeholders to give input and meet with finalists.
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.