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School to bring in recess experts for year; one ‘no’ over use of improvement funds

School to bring in recess experts for year; one ‘no’ over use of improvement funds

A Cambridge elementary school is outsourcing recess, bringing in experts for a year after a School Committee vote approved a $25,000 contract award.

State’s mostly positive district study fires on elected officials, even on election style

State’s mostly positive district study fires on elected officials, even on election style

Criticisms from state education officials brought denunciations from School Committee members that reviewers didn’t know what they were talking about.

Accident, injury data along walking route leads to district adding a bus for students

Accident, injury data along walking route leads to district adding a bus for students

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.

School hirings bring ‘relationship’ talks, superintendent vow he’s not usurping

School hirings bring ‘relationship’ talks, superintendent vow he’s not usurping

Three surprise appointments, including one involving the head of the local teachers union, brought on a conversation about district transparency.

Difficulties handling ‘advanced learners’ in new structure is test for school officials

Difficulties handling ‘advanced learners’ in new structure is test for school officials

Questions remain on how to identify “advanced learners” and fit their work into school structures, and fears of “tracking” students persist as well.

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.

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