Teachers, city reach accord in contract dispute

Reporter Staff
Sep. 12, 2012

Mayor Menino discussed a deal with Boston teachers in a press conference this morning at City Hall. Photo courtesy Mayor's office

After more than two years of on-again, off-again negotiations, a tentative agreement between Boston teachers union leaders and the city of Boston was reached on Wednesday morning. The new six-year contract, if approved, will raise teachers’ salaries only if they meet certain performance thresholds based on student test scores.  Read more

Orchard Gardens— cited by Patrick— has shown improvement, but lags in testing

Sep. 6, 2012

During his Democratic National Convention speech Tuesday night, Gov. Deval Patrick gave a surprise highlight to a Boston school that was recently among the worst-performing in the state, but while Patrick said Orchard Gardens is now “one of the best” schools in the state, it still lags behind in standardized testing.  Read more

Colorful new look for Mattapan elementary school

The Mattahunt School on Hebron St. sports a colorful new exterior for today's first-day of class. Photo courtesy BPS

Students at the Mattahunt Elementary School will return to a dramatically improved school building today— the result of an $8 million city-funded modernization project that wrapped up over the summer. The renovation — which focused on exterior improvements to the Mattahunt campus – included a new roof, windows and landscaping. But, it’s the Lego-like color scheme on the building’s sheet metal façade that is the real eye-catcher.  Read more

Gov. Patrick shakes up RCC board, adds new members

Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Sep. 6, 2012

In a further shake-up of the leadership at Roxbury Community College, Gov. Deval Patrick plans on Thursday to appoint six new members to the college's board following questions raised over crime reporting, financial aid distribution and the former president's stewardship of the school's educational mission.

The six new board members are Kathy Taylor, who will take over as chairwoman, Beth Williams, Michael Curry, Mark Culliton, Glynn Lloyd and Jeffrey Greenberg. Steven Tompkins, a member of the RCC board since 2010, will also be reappointed for a second five-year term.  Read more

$113m arts/science center next for UMass Boston

Latest UMass Boston building plan: Will house performing arts and science classes. UMass Boston imageLatest UMass Boston building plan: Will house performing arts and science classes. UMass Boston imageUMass Boston officials are aiming to break ground on their next academic building this winter and hope to have the $113 million structure open by summer 2015. The building will include chemistry teaching labs and house studios for the arts department and performing arts, which are currently scattered across the Columbia Point campus.

The 181,000-square foot facility will be located next to the Campus Center, a site currently being used for parking. It will include studios for producing sculptures, photography, painting and video; dance and acting students, a 150-seat recital hall and a theater that could hold up to 200 people.  Read more

Senator predicts Patrick amendments as Senate sends sentencing bill to governor

Michael Norton, Gintautas Dumcius and Matt Murphy, State House News Service
Jul. 20, 2012

The Senate on Thursday voted 31-7 to approve a bill broadening crime-fighting tools, ensuring that certain repeat violent offenders serve their full sentences, and easing prison overcrowding by adjusting sentencing laws for drug offenders.

Shortly after the vote, the House gave the bill final approval and senators sent it to Gov. Deval Patrick.

"The governor should sign it because it's the balanced bill that he asked for when the discussion began," Senate Minority Leader Bruce Tarr said after the vote.  Read more

Editorial: The road ahead for Johnson, BPS

Dr. Carol JohnsonDr. Carol JohnsonDr. Carol Johnson, the superintendent of the Boston Public Schools, has come under withering criticism in recent weeks since a Boston Globe investigation detailed her gross mishandling of a personnel matter involving the then-headmaster of O’Bryant High, Rodney Peterson.

Johnson’s failure to properly discipline Peterson— who eventually admitted to sufficient facts in a criminal case of abuse against his wife— was compounded by her incredibly poor decision to praise Peterson’s job performance in reviews, despite her knowledge of the serious allegations lodged against him.  Read more

School chief gets key support from council, mayor; Online petition calls for her ouster

After calls for her resignation last week, Boston Public Schools chief Superintendent Carol Johnson has been buoyed this week by support from city councillors, her employees and local activists.  Read more

NNN reports: Rally for BPS chief Carol Johnson in Roxbury

Neighborhood Network News
Jul. 16, 2012

Neighborhood Network News (BNN-TV) filed this report today on Saturday's rally at Bethel AME Church in support of Boston Public Schools superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson, who has been under severe criticism in recent days. Johnson— who has led the BPS system for five years— has admitted that she should have taken more immediate and decisive action when she learned of domestic violence allegations lodged against a high school headmaster.  Read more

Councillor Connolly: Superintendent should resign after O'Bryant headmaster flap

Gintautas Dumcius, News Editor
Jul. 10, 2012

BPS Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson: Council education chairman says she should step down. File photoBPS Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson: Council education chairman says she should step down. File photoThe chairman of the City Council’s Education Committee is calling for Superintendent Carol Johnson’s resignation.

City Councillor At-Large John Connolly said he was “appalled” at how Johnson had handled the case of a headmaster at the O'Bryant School of Mathematics and Science who was arrested on a domestic assault charge. The Boston Globe reported on Sunday that Johnson did not discipline Rodney Peterson after learning about the charge. Johnson said Tuesday she regretted taking a pass on disciplining Peterson, who would later plead guilty to “sufficient facts” and eventually resign.  Read more