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Five things to do this weekend: April 19-20

Five things to do this weekend: April 19-20

Saturday Easter egg hunts; an all ages dance-plus class; Science Carnival & Robot Zoo; a Harvard Square bluegrass festival; and a Bollywood Dance Night.

District expects solution for families foiled by kindergarten policy, for long term too

District expects solution for families foiled by kindergarten policy, for long term too

The “Olá 4” got good news this week – just short of an outright guarantee that the families’ kids were getting into the Olá Bilingual Program.

Idea of school hosting administration offices returns, with bit more hope

Idea of school hosting administration offices returns, with bit more hope

One of the next two public schools to be renovated could hold the district’s administrative offices – an idea you may remember from 2012.

School budget passes; officials included compromises on some controversial cuts

School budget passes; officials included compromises on some controversial cuts

The School Committee unanimously passed a budget for next year at a balanced $156.7 million, paying for $1.6 million in new outlays with other savings.

District has plans for crowding and even achievement gap, educators tell council

District has plans for crowding and even achievement gap, educators tell council

City schools are full to bursting and yet looking for ways to get bigger, officials said at a meeting looking also at the persistent academic achievement gap.

Five things to do this weekend: March 29-30

Five things to do this weekend: March 29-30

The Juilliard String Quartet or historic keyboards; Boston Underground Film Festival; “Eating My Garbage” one-man show; TEDxSomerville; or rock with Dead Rider and … And You Will Know Us By the Trail of Dead.

If failure of sibling-preference policy was first, committee insists there be no second

If failure of sibling-preference policy was first, committee insists there be no second

Four families’ kids being kept from the Olá Bilingual Program, officials said, was the first time in city history that the district’s sibling preference policy failed.

Staff cuts aren’t swaying school officials from overall proposed budget changes

Staff cuts aren’t swaying school officials from overall proposed budget changes

School Committee members were more unhappy about how workers were told of lost jobs than that the jobs themselves had to go.

Four families want to see kindergarten capacity at Olá expanded for their kids

Typically the FRC calls families to alert them to the risk of losing a placement. With Olá, families didn’t get word of the lack of seats until late in the process.

Program’s sibling preference fails, parents say; officials question how to help school

Program’s sibling preference fails, parents say; officials question how to help school

There were gasps when parents of children in the Olá Bilingual Program described failures in the school district’s sibling-preference policy.

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