Schools

O'Hearn's 'heart and soul' prepares to move on

Dr. Bill HendersonDr. Bill HendersonUpon first meeting Dr. William Henderson, the principal at the Patrick O'Hearn Elementary School, it is not immediately apparent that he is blind. When you enter the room, he greets you. When you speak to him, he makes direct eye contact. When visitors ask for directions, he immediately points them to the right area.  Read more

City-run preschools get second reprieve

After almost a dozen public meetings concerning 10 community center-based preschool and after-school programs slated to lose teacher funding, Mayor Thomas Menino has granted yet another concession. The five preschool programs under threat, including the Murphy Community Center, will now be funded until at least the end of the next fiscal year, which ends July 2010.  Read more

St. Ann's Color Guard is tops in Eastern Mass

St. Ann's Color Guard 2009 ChampsSt. Ann's Color Guard 2009 Champs St Ann’s Colorguard has won the Eastern Mass. Circuit championship. The competition - held on March 28 - was filled with excellent guards that pushed St. Ann’s to bring out their best work in order to win.  Read more

Busing's future on the line in May meetings

For the second time in five years, Boston parents will have a chance to speak out on how to change the student assignment plan for the Boston Public Schools. But the series of five community meetings next month takes place amid dramatic changes in everything from enrollment size and the school budget to the mix of students and the definition of quality education.  Read more

Yoon and Tobin to hold emergency pre-school hearing

As parents all over the city fret over the future of 10 preschool and after-school programs that are set to lose city funding for their staff, City Councillors Sam Yoon and John Tobin are holding a last-minute hearing to determine once and for all if they really will be able to survive, as the Menino administration contends.  Read more

Marshall Community Center faces big challenge

Bill Milligan: Marshall Community Center council chairman speaks at a meeting last week. Photo by Pete StidmanBill Milligan: Marshall Community Center council chairman speaks at a meeting last week. Photo by Pete StidmanOf the three community centers set to lose city funding for some of their preschool or after school teachers come January, the Marshall may have the biggest challenges before it.  Read more

Neponset site helps connect to youth programs

The Pope's Hill Neighborhood Association has created a one-stop web page for parents looking for resources for their children for April vacation, the summer months and beyond.  Read more

Murphy Center closing for summer

Just as parents and neighbors have activated en masse to boost the Murphy Community Center’s use by local teens, the city is finally getting around to making a few crucial repairs that will cause it to close down for the entire summer.

The move, which was announced last week, came as a shock to parents, particularly those involved in a recent surge of community involvement in the center, which produced 19 new members for the center’s site council in January.  Read more

Hearing to focus on temporary shut-down at Murphy Center

City Councillor Maureen Feeney has scheduled a hearing for Tuesday evening (April 7) to scrutinize a plan that would temporarily close the Murphy Community Center for renovations this summer.  Read more

Budget straits spark surge in parent action

One silver lining of the stormy budget crisis that has loomed over the Boston Public Schools for the past few months— a crisis that still threatens 212 teaching positions and 324 other jobs unless new revenues or budget cuts are found—is that hundreds of parents have come out of the woodwork to protect their children’s education.

With plenty of studies showing parental involvement can improve student and school performance, many active parents and advocates are now beginning to wonder if any of the energy that brought 500 parents to a State House rally last week can be sustained.  Read more