A joint labor management group is recommending an increase in school time, starting in the fall of 2020. The details – how much, whether it’s a longer school day, a longer school year or both, and how the time will be used – won’t come until staff, families and others get input.
Although “budget season” starts for the School Committee in January with public hearings on priorities, the real meat of its involvement is compressed into the 19 days before an April vote. And Its role has diminished from even a year ago under Superintendent Kenneth Salim.
The benching of a Cambridge Rindge and Latin School varsity hockey star on the eve of a tournament was a shock to the team, coach, student and his family, and the grading policy behind it has been called unfair and out of step with current research and legal interpretations.