Schools

Teacher's aide pleads guilty to molesting special-needs students

LaShawn Hill, a former aide at the Harbor Pilot Middle School pleaded guilty today to charges he had inappropriate sexual contact with a student there and with another boy at a school in Roxbury.  Read more

Walczak wing adds capacity, promise at Codman Center

Codman's latest addition: Sandra Cotterell, CEO of the Codman Square Health Center, left and Meg Campbell, executive director of the Codman Academy Charter Public School, outside the newly-opened William J. Walczak Education and Health Center on Epping Street. Codman's latest addition: Sandra Cotterell, CEO of the Codman Square Health Center, left and Meg Campbell, executive director of the Codman Academy Charter Public School, outside the newly-opened William J. Walczak Education and Health Center on Epping Street.

It’s a brand new four-story building with a strikingly familiar name.

The William J. Walczak Education and Health Center — named for the founder of the Codman Square Health Center— is open for business – and classes. An official grand opening is on hold pending the return to action of the only other living Bostonian who gets his name on big new buildings these days – Mayor Thomas Menino – but the building itself has been in partial use since September and is due to be fully up and running by year’s end.  Read more

Timetable for school choice overhaul pushed into January

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 30, 2012

Mayor Thomas Menino on Thursday signed off on a schedule shift for the group he charged with radically revamping Boston’s student assignment system. The 27-member group, known as the External Advisory Committee, will now have until January to come up with a proposal to present to Superintendent Carol Johnson.

Boston University’s Dean Hardin Coleman, the committee co-chair, said the schedule delay will allow his group to make a “data-driven” decision. Originally, a proposal was expected to emerge before the end of the year, and before Thursday, the committee had been aiming for Dec. 14.  Read more

Student assignment task force meets at City Hall on Nov. 29

By 
Reporter Staff
Nov. 28, 2012

The team tasked with overhauling the city’s student assignment system meets at City Hall on Nov. 29. The 27-member group, known as the External Advisory Committee and appointed by Mayor Thomas Menino, will meet at 6 p.m. on the ninth floor.  Read more

Hot Pockets break partially foils school burglars

The Boston Police Department reports thieves who made off with several laptops yesterday from the Boston International High School, 100 Maxwell St., were planning on taking even more stuff, but were foiled when they took a break to warm up some Hot Pockets and set off an alarm that brought a custodian and police.  Read more

Under Coach Moran, unbeaten Dot Bears bound for Super Bowl

By 
Tayla Holman, Special to the Reporter
Nov. 15, 2012

Dorchester Bears head coach Rich Moran was honored as “Coach of the Week” last Thursday in recognition of his undefeated team’s 12-0 victory over the Burke High School. The victory clinched the Bears’ spot in the Division 5 Super Bowl for the first time in over 20 years.

The Bears squad is made up of students from both TechBoston Academy and Dorchester Academy, both housed in what was once called Dorchester High. The honor from the New England Patriots Charitable Foundation includes a $1,000 donation to Dorchester Academy’s football program in Moran’s name. Former Patriot and Hall of Famer Andre Tippett, who is now the team’s executive director of community affairs, visited the school to present Moran with the award and check.  Read more

In farewell, Marshall principal denounces neglect by city officials

By 
Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Nov. 1, 2012

Teresa Harvey-Jackson: Retired as Marshall principal on Oct. 31

A week before her retirement, the outgoing principal at the Marshall Elementary School lit into Mayor Thomas Menino and Superintendent Carol Johnson, accusing them of neglecting the Dorchester school she has led for nearly two decades.

Teresa Harvey-Jackson made her views known at the Oct. 24 meeting of the Boston School Committee where the panel heard a proposal to transition the elementary school, which opened in 1971, to an in-district charter school.  Read more

Wily coyote causes stir in Mattapan; school put into 'safe mode'

A coyote spent a good part of Thursday morning sauntering around the area of Blue Hill Avenue and Walk Hill Street.  Read more

Final school choice plan will draw on 'best ideas from various proposals'

Our city is deep in conversation on efforts to create a new school assignment system. As many parents know and as we have heard loud and clear today’s system is too complicated, frustrating, and unpredictable for too many of our families. My goal is to create a new student assignment system that is fair, follows the laws of common sense, and prioritizes placing students in quality schools that are closer to their homes.

Much hard work remains, but today I am proud to tell you that we have made significant progress toward achieving that goal.  Read more

Parents air concerns about choice plans at Mattapan meeting

By 
Tayla Holman, Special to the Reporter
Oct. 11, 2012

A small crowd was on hand Tuesday evening at the Mildred Avenue School in Mattapan as Boston public schools officials held the fifth in a series of community meetings focused on proposed changes to the city’s school assignment process.

The school department is looking to shift away from the current three-zone model, which has been in place since 1988. Although more seats have been opened up in high-performing schools, and graduation rates have increased while dropout rates have decreased, officials say there was still more to do to close the education gap.  Read more