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Consultants hit half-million at high rates, committee acknowledges ‘sticker shock’

Consultants hit half-million at high rates, committee acknowledges ‘sticker shock’

The School Committee approved nearly $500,000 for three professional development consulting contracts, noting “Wall Street rates” and asking “What did we buy?”

Vote brings talks for superintendent’s third term; his job review starts in July

Vote brings talks for superintendent’s third term; his job review starts in July

The School Committee made the first official move in a third term for Superintendent Jeffrey Young and dueled Tuesday over who gets to work on family engagement issues.

School projects emphasize environment, community; King Open kids gets A/C

School projects emphasize environment, community; King Open kids gets A/C

Remediation threatened a September 2015 opening for the city’s first in a round of remodeled schools, but that and various capital projects go on.

School Committee meeting: PARCC test rejection next year wins support, praise

School Committee meeting: PARCC test rejection next year wins support, praise

Keeping MCAS and delaying use of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career test topped Tuesday’s agenda.

School Committee honors ‘small sample’ of student achievement from past year

School Committee honors ‘small sample’ of student achievement from past year

Student committee members, scholarship winners and the seven-member Envirothon team – the high school’s first in nearly a decade – were honored Tuesday.

Enough testing and tech! We don’t need the PARCC, we need our schools back

Enough testing and tech! We don’t need the PARCC, we need our schools back

This city, known for being progressive, innovative, smart and diverse, can do better than turn my child’s education into a series of exercises preparing her for standardized tests.

Seven-day consultant promises results on school achievement gap, ed school flaws

Seven-day consultant promises results on school achievement gap, ed school flaws

A $140,000 education consultant is promising that his system will show how to correct teacher-education program flaws and even lessen the district’s achievement gap.

Superintendent suggests no PARCC test next year; committee weighs in Tuesday

Superintendent suggests no PARCC test next year; committee weighs in Tuesday

The topic has been on the agenda for the School Committee meeting for Tuesday. The recommendation appeared this weekend without fanfare.

Parents say school officials failed them after arrest of teacher child porn suspect

Parents say school officials failed them after arrest of teacher child porn suspect

School Committee members have praised the city’s response to the arrest of teacher Josh Wairi, while parents have called it “wanting,” “appalling” and “ridiculous.”

Music program rollout could take teacher, and Peabody parents don’t want her gone (correction)

Music program rollout could take teacher, and Peabody parents don’t want her gone (correction)

Kodaly Music Education, which makes music integral, was one of many topics addressed by district officials this week.

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