Parents at two struggling schools were worried how help from the district would continue into the new budget and next school year, and now that the budget has been approved, members of the School Committee are still trying to figure it out.
Groundwork for a look at the kindergarten lottery system was laid last week by the School Committee, noting demographic changes in the city and growing interest in language immersion programs. The last review was in 2013.
The School Committee unanimously ratified an agreement Tuesday with units of the teachers’ union that includes the creation of several working groups responding to important issues raised repeatedly over the past two years:
Some city councillors see in the upcoming rebuilding of the Tobin elementary school and Vassal Lane Upper School a way to ensure there’s finally a place to start educating all of the city’s 3- and 4-year-olds.
East Somerville resident Tracey Leah Pratt is announcing her candidacy for Ward 1 School Committee. She is working on attaining the required 120 signatures from the East Somerville neighborhood before June 27.
The Rally for Public Education is about coming together and building a movement in our state to invest in and work for the future or education that all children, regardless of ZIP code, deserve.
An “action plan” to address sexual harassment and assault, particular at the Cambridge Rindge and Latin high school and upper schools, received enthusiastic School Committee support last week.
Students opting out of standardized testing got some School Committee support last week, and Cambridge Public Schools Superintendent Kenneth Salim said he is exploring alternatives for the MCAS test, which has a rocky history in the city.
School Committee members passed Superintendent Kenneth Salim’s $183 million budget with praise for its “thoughtfulness” and response to some long-requested pleas – accompanied by suggestions for next year’s budget.
The city is being urged to think big on rebuilding the 46-year-old Tobin elementary school and Vassal Lane Upper School, already expected to cost at least $200 million in the earliest guesses, including by looking at buying the neighboring National Guard armory.