Another sign of Cambridge’s growing housing gap heard in public comment took prominence at one of the shortest regular School Committee meetings in recent history, where members voted to finalize revisions to controlled choice policy.
A draft paper submitted by a high school employee and mayoral aide was seen Tuesday as a possible foundation for a vision on closing the district’s achievement gap, while two-year-old changes to school choice were undone as “well-intentioned” but failing.
Having wrapped up open meetings with staff, students, families and other community members on what they would like to see in a new schools superintendent, a search firm and the School Committee are poised to begin preliminary interviews with candidates.
Two consultant contracts that raised tensions and ended with split decisions in August were revisited Tuesday, with approval for a $90,000 teacher training contract and a repeat of a vote against a proposed $125,000 Harvard program on behavior management.
Manikka Bowman launches her campaign for School Committee from 3:30 to 5 p.m. Saturday at Rev. Thomas J. Williams Park in North Cambridge.
Tension was noticeable as School Committee members evaluated the performance of Superintendent Jeffrey Young, and questions remain regarding whether correct procedure was followed – on the evaluation and on a charge of plagiarism against an administrator.
I am in touch with Cambridge youth. I have seen kids who were smart and qualified to go to college unable to go because they could not get the necessary funding. A mind is a terrible thing to waste, yet in Cambridge, with all its resources, it happens too often.
The School Committee will conduct an evaluation of the superintendent in a special meeting from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Tuesday. It is open to the public, but will not be televised and will be held offsite at Cambridge police headquarters near Kendall Square.
The school district’s hiring of expensive consultants came under fire from School Committee members this week, with members questioning the cost, lack of negotiation and whether there were measured outcomes that would support the practice.
Sexism-conscious students have won a victory on the high school’s dress code: a chance to reverse a policy that “shames” and “inappropriately sexualizes” girls.