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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.
A Cambridge elementary school is outsourcing recess, bringing in experts for a year after a School Committee vote approved a $25,000 contract award.
Criticisms from state education officials brought denunciations from School Committee members that reviewers didn’t know what they were talking about.
Along with other business, the city has committed to a bus to bring students from Rindge Towers and Jefferson Park to the Vassal Lane/Tobin school building.
Three surprise appointments, including one involving the head of the local teachers union, brought on a conversation about district transparency.
Questions remain on how to identify “advanced learners” and fit their work into school structures, and fears of “tracking” students persist as well.
The School Committee approved nearly $500,000 for three professional development consulting contracts, noting “Wall Street rates” and asking “What did we buy?”
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.