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The School Committee got a comprehensive status report on the district’s new math program Tuesday and heard a plea from third-grade families from the Baldwin School to start a pilot world language program there next fall.
The School Committee passed budget guidelines for the superintendent and discussed summer learning programs while clearing backed-up business in its first meeting in five weeks.
A vocational educational collaborative is adding questionable members and limiting choices, but students enter high school totally unaware of it, anyway, School Committee Fred Fantini says.
The district has failed to make any move toward fulfilling a world-language promise, but asks students to design posters extolling the wonders of learning foreign languages.
Teachers’ pleas for “more hearts and hands” in classrooms as they struggled to keep up with academic and testing demands seems to have had a major impact on School Committee talks over budget guidelines.
The presentation of Individual School Improvement Plans to the School Committee became mainly about how the plan process itself has been overhauled.
A proposed $131.5 million revamp of the King Open School and surrounding public buildings gets a neighborhood meeting Thursday evening, after the City Council approved a $1.5 million feasibility study.
Teachers were invited to talk about budget priorities with the School Committee making it very clear they need more help in the classroom and a dramatic slowdown in the exhausting introduction of initiatives.
A change in structure and name symbolizes that the “Office of Special Education” now seeks to support all student needs, but officials want more students to actually be part of the program.
The School Committee voted 6-1 to extend Superintendent Jeffrey Young’s contract one year, from June 2015 to June 2016. Young’s gross salary for each of these two years will be $267,000.