The city’s $473 million budget was adopted Monday, along with its largest single component: A $151 million schools budget made controversial when four city councillors voted to keep it in committee for further questioning of district officials.
The $151 million schools budget – frozen in the Finance Committee May 9 despite the expectation that the full City Council would adopt the city’s full, $507 million proposed budget today – are sure to be a big part of the 5:30 p.m. meeting of the City Council.
Lesley University’s commencement was Saturday, with 2,234 degrees and certificates handed out – 468 bachelor’s degrees, 1,740 master’s degrees and 23 doctorates.
The co-chairs of the Cambridge Parent Advisory Council on Special Education hope that City Council will work more collaboratively with School Committee and not have impetuous political gestures jeopardize the welfare of our children’s education.
Just as a teacher uses lesson planning to ensure subject objectives are covered, I feel the expenses within this budget should link to objective measures that produce a stellar and successful school district.
The co-chairmen of the Budget Subcommittee of the School Committee write to express “complete disappointment” in the vote by four city councillors after more than eight months of school department budget process.
Breakthrough Greater Boston raised $215,000 at its annual Springfest event April 24 for use in its dual programs: helping under-resourced students get to four-year colleges and training the next generation of urban teachers.
As students look forward to graduating with honors in coming weeks, local teachers are coming through spring with some honors of their own: travel to Brazil as a Pearson Foundation Global Learning Fellow and semifinalist status in the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Program and for a $8,500 grant that includes travel to Shanghai.
Local citizen journalists are set to take part in a free Saturday forum called “Filling the News Gap in Cambridge and Beyond: Citizen Journalism.” Organizers are calling it “a must” for consumers and creators of local news, website owners, legal professionals “and everyone who values local information, civic participation and social justice.”
As Cambridge continues to collect itself after the stress of an officer’s slaying, a carjacking, hunt for bombing suspects, citywide lockdown and revelation of terrorist leanings among classmates and neighbors, there are both official commendations for how well the city and responded and plans for a next time.