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To get all kids seats in kindergarten, the School Committee has loosened a dividing line between high-income and low-income households.
The outlook for world language “appears grim,” the mayor wants a solution on class sizes and the burdens of sweeping changes proposed for math curricula are worrying school officials.
Student achievement and school performance were prominent at Tuesday’s meeting of the School Committee, but the interpretation of a controlled-choice policy raised many questions.
While our voting process often seem endless, the outcome of many elections is settled in the first round of balloting. More importantly, a serious design flaw taints the count.
Before budget discussions, school officials saw at least 100 teachers and staff crowd a room to show solidarity for contract negotiations and heard repeated calls to ease class sizes.
Cambridge already has better achievement outcomes for low-income students than most cities in Massachusetts and the U.S., but we’re nowhere near closing the gap that remains.
The committee finalized its budget guidelines Tuesday, along with hearing a two-hour presentation on special education and debating next week’s public comment period a second time.
Two Cambridge parents have taken steps to open their own, separate schools: a “democracy” school with no mandated curriculum, grades or testing and a dual-language immersion school.
The cost of last month’s City Council election recount was $109,604.37, the city manager said, beating by far an unofficial estimate made as the recount wrapped up.
There’s still time for community input on Cambridge’s school budget, but the window for parents or even the School Committee to have influence is small and shrinking.