Academic eligibility requirements governing high school athletics that result in automatic suspension contradict recent research. It also counters the spirit of state law, which prohibits districts from “zero tolerance” policies and automatic school suspensions.
The Cambridge Academic Eligibility Standard, which decides if students can participate on interscholastic sports teams, is in conflict with everything Cambridge says it is.
The schools being rebuilt on Cambridge Street are coming in a couple of million dollars under budget, and a landmark is due late this month or in early March: completion of the street frame for the schools of a potentially $160 million complex.
A plea for more recess time – along with renewed alarms that Cambridge Public Schools were not following their own recess policy – was heard by the School Committee last week. A required 20 minutes daily isn’t being bet, some parents, students and teachers say.
Ten high school students from the Cambridge Youth Council demanded more action on hiring and support of black teachers before the School Committee on Tuesday, and to implement “as a policy” bimonthly teacher workshops led by students on anti-racist education.
If empty seats in a language-immersion class will never be filled, parents asked, why let such valuable resources go unused? The School Committee agreed unanimously and moved students into them – with the assurance it was a short-term action with little further impact.
The “Level Up” program of English classes combined for all ninth-graders – undoing a structure described as separating students largely by family income and race – got an enthusiastic progress report, though without much solid data.
A consultant hired to review the district’s elementary program has notably teed up deliberations to extend the school day as one of its key findings, and some School Committee members also welcomed talk of reorganizing staff.
Two fast-approaching school budget roundtables will be livestreamed, cable broadcast and archived officially, after months of School Committee non-action on allowing anything but “regular meetings” to be seen unless people sit in the actual room where they happen.
With the filing of first-semester grades for high school students just seven days away, the School Committee agreed to remove a attendance penalty temporarily and work with the district and students to develop a replacement policy.