Next year’s total cost for out-of-district tuition for special education students is expected to rise $2.5 million, to $14 million, and the assistant superintendent in charge has admitted there’s no handle on why the need for the program is going up.
A winter storm warning for is in effect for Cambridge and surrounding areas from 4 a.m. Monday to 7 a.m. Tuesday, with expected snow accumulation of 4 to 8 inches locally.
Of 27 parents speaking at a School Committee budget hearing, most asked for more help in supporting diverse classrooms in terms of ability, race, income and needs, including classes that have been shaken by social-emotional behavior issues.
The education budget “gap” for next year has dropped to $3 million from $5 million, but a Tuesday discussion raised many more questions about guidelines for immediate concerns and goals for the future.
Cambridge can do a better job of meeting children’s needs for unstructured, outdoor play and exercise. If more money is needed to make this possible, we ask that money be allotted for this purpose in the budget.
Boston recently earned the dubious distinction of being named the U.S. city with the widest gap between its top 5 percent and bottom 20 percent of earners – a problem felt in our schools and transit systems. A proposed constitutional amendment could help.
A new, emailed bomb threat was made Thursday against Cambridge Public Schools, warning of violence Friday, city officials said, but the risk doesn’t appear to be legitimate.
Administration members signaled cautious optimism that although the gap is relatively high, they will be able to bring the numbers closer.
Cambridge schools have been told they will be “held harmless” for their first set of PARCC results, but it’s not clear if the amount of testing to which our children will be subjected will be “harmless” in their education.
The newly sworn-in School Committee held its first meeting, spending considerable time discussing issues related to student testing, leading to motions to convene a “community discussion” in February and to reverse a vote okaying use of the PARCC test.