The district is close to piloting ways to provide free sanitary products for girls in the city’s public schools, though not without bureaucratic hurdles and getting past an alarmingly high initial cost estimate.
We, as a district, are not serious about closing the achievement gap. Teachers are serious, the staff are serious, every one of our officials, administrators, faculty and staff is serious – but our systemic actions are not serious.
A peek at the new superintendent’s “entry plan” got a muted reception Tuesday, with most School Committee members offering gentle observations and questions and one sending a polite but firm message asking to see more.
Rumors that honors-level classes are disappearing from Cambridge Rindge and Latin School are wrong, and administrators are simply exploring ways to improve ninth-grade English and world history classes.
It took until nearly the end of a two-hour roundtable on charter schools for anyone to bring up the heated climate in which the schools operate – especially with a ballot question coming up Nov. 8 that might raise the cap how many operate in the state.
Discussing topics as varied as special education, freshman high school sports, required health curriculum and upper school math, School Committee members showed improved collegiality and cooperation last week – even wading into early budget territory.
Kenneth A. Salim, Cambridge’s superintendent of schools since July 1, is engaged in an “entry plan” of learning through observations, focus groups and data analysis, but he sat down to share what’s he discerned and focused on so far.
A surge in high school population is making class registration, size and access – as well as participation in sports activities – more unpredictable and stressful, the School Committee heard Tuesday.
A district dress code policy was passed Tuesday by the School Committee, affirming language from a student-led process and without a controversial sentence added over the summer by an adult committee member.
The School Committee held a two-day retreat last month to set priorities and make sure its members could work well together, but its first public meeting since the summer shows it came back worse than it went in.