Free food for all students, new schools in the Alewife and NorthPoint neighborhoods and a debate over whether the city or schools department would lead on universal preschool were among the topics at a meeting of the School Committee and City Council.
Here we go again: Sunday’s winter storm is bringing with it a snow emergency parking ban meant to keep roads empty for snowplows, though officials said city offices, schools, libraries and human service programs were expected to be open regular hours Monday.
The city’s offices will reopen Friday and a snow emergency parking ban will end after a Thursday nor’easter dumped an estimated 14.6 inches, exceeding National Weather Service predictions and giving the area a total of 31.4 inches so far this winter.
A students’ proposal reacting to recent hate speech gave heft to a School Committee meeting otherwise light on policy Tuesday, concerning a motion to “ensure the safety and feeling of belonging for all groups in our schools.”
Progress on two long-standing committee goals and reports that the city has offered to increase property tax revenues, adding money to the school district, left School Committee members energized at a budget update.
With up to a foot of snow predicted for Thursday, the city has called a snow emergency – closing services and putting a parking ban into effect as of 7 a.m. to facilitate plowing.
School Committee members listed their priorities in round robin-style Thursday, immediately after a public hearing. The topics were varied but often focused on providing stronger staff supports to students in and out of the classroom.
The case against world language was made Thursday – this time by educators and parents who cited “innovation fatigue” and an already insufficient amount of time to spend on core content areas in a six-hour school day.
Assistant Superintendent for Student Services Victoria Greer is set to leave, becoming the new superintendent of schools in the town of Sharon, some 30 miles south of Cambridge, the school committee there announced.
President Donald Trump has made good on a campaign promise to take action against sanctuary cities such as Cambridge, signing an executive order that, among other provisions, threatens to strip them of federal funding.