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