Acknowledging that some staff still feel “discouraged from speaking,” union head Dan Monahan said he is working with the School Committee and administration to make the budget process “both safe and deeply engaging for educators.”
Pat Arcand was honored Jan. 6 as part of the Heroes Among Us program, which recognizes people who have made exceptional, lasting contributions to their communities.
CRLS staff is moving ahead on a plan to “detrack” English Language Arts classes for all first-year students. Gone will be the split between honors and the more basic “college prep” courses, giving more students a path to higher academic achievement.
This year’s Faculty Innovation Grant awardees have been announced by the nonprofit Friends of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School.
David Whalen, a Cambridge resident, will oversee philanthropic development for the Watertown-based school for the blind, bringing new approaches and strategies from his lengthy career in human services and education.
The School Committee spent 1.5 hours at its first meeting of the year on two topics: whether to provide child care at a budget hearing, and whether to collect data on extracurriculars at the high school. Student committee members volunteered help with each.
Cambridge’s response to a recent rash of hate speech has drawn praise from the New England branch of the Anti-Defamation League, especially as incidents proliferate at schools – at least one of which has followed a less open approach.
An unusual request by four families to not have their children sent back to preschool after 10 weeks of successful junior kindergarten classes highlights the district’s ongoing tensions over age-tested access to the program.
The prized Weekend Backpack program, which sends home free meals for 475 students and siblings every Friday, got an unpleasant surprise Tuesday when Gov. Charlie Baker proposed eliminating state funding for the program.
Though short of an actual proposal, concrete information on what a world language program in Cambridge might look like, including research data on programs in other communities, was presented by public schools administrators after some five years’ delay.