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School officials agree current approach distances educational leaders from kids

School officials agree current approach distances educational leaders from kids

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.

Judging revised plans for better schools, committee says: Shows improvement

Judging revised plans for better schools, committee says: Shows improvement

The presentation of Individual School Improvement Plans to the School Committee became mainly about how the plan process itself has been overhauled.

King Open School renovations get study to include pool, offices totaling $131.5M

King Open School renovations get study to include pool, offices totaling $131.5M

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 call for help, ‘hands and hearts’ in classrooms, after relentless initiatives

Teachers call for help, ‘hands and hearts’ in classrooms, after relentless initiatives

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.

Schools see ‘accelerated learning’ change, with student diversity the next challenge

Schools see ‘accelerated learning’ change, with student diversity the next challenge

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.

Superintendent gets another year, raise, giving ‘period of transition’ in 6-1 vote

Superintendent gets another year, raise, giving ‘period of transition’ in 6-1 vote

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.

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.

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