More BPS schools to be closed

Facing a $60 million budget deficit and 5,600 empty seats district-wide, Boston Public Schools’ Superintendent Carol Johnson on Thursday night proposed closing nine schools and merging another eight into four schools.

The plan she presented to the School Committee would also expand six successful programs into new buildings starting next fall.  

“The reason the numbers are high and the reason we’re making lots of changes now is to try to have a stable, predictable set of school offerings so there’s continuity,” Johnson said Thursday.
The plan is more drastic than Johnson’s preliminary proposal tabled this fall after parents, students and watchdog groups complained.

“We went back to the drawing board and resubmitted the plan, and we expanded the plan,” she said. “We want to make sure we have the resources in place to continue the aggressive plan we are working on.”

The plan, which would fill roughly one-quarter of the district’s empty seats if approved, is part of larger efforts to save tens of millions of dollars by reforming busing and student assignment and overhauling collective bargaining.

“I hate closing schools, but I think the highest value we have to have is making sure we have the resources to impact all 56,000 students.”

Schools to …

» Close: East Zone ELC; Fifield Elementary; Middle School Academy; Emerson Elementary; Farragut Elementary; Agassiz Elementary; The Engineering School; Social Justice Academy; Gavin Middle School
» Be expanded: Holland Elementary; Trotter Elementary; King K-8; TechBoston Academy
» Merge: Lee Academy with Lee Elementary; Alighieri and Umana Schools; Urban Science Academy and Parkway Academy of Technology and Health; Brook Farm Business & Service Career Academy and Media Communications Technology High School; Excel High School and Monument High School


Class action against Facebook attracts 60,000 users

A law student said his class action suit against Facebook for alleged privacy violations has the support of 60,000 users and passed its first legal review.


Weather system east of Caribbean could turn into…

An area of low pressure located east of the Caribbean Sea has a 50 percent chance of becoming a tropical depression or storm in the next 48 hours, U.S. forecasters…


U.S. hospital to discharge doctor treated with experimental…

An American doctor who contracted Ebola treating victims of the deadly virus in Liberia has recovered and will be discharged on Thursday by the Atlanta hospital that treated him with…


Mugger uses chokeholds in Central Park attacks: NYPD

Cops are searching for a Manhattan mugging suspect tied to at least two attacks near Central Park this week.


Girlfriend in a coma: Chloe Grace Moretz

Chloe Grace Moretz is the best cheerleader "If I Stay" could ask for. As the star of the film adaptation of the successful YA novel…

The Word

The Word: Summer lovin' for Zac Efron and…

Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance between…

The Word

The Word: The Zac Efron-Michelle Rodriguez summer fling…

  Ah, the summer romance. So intense, so fleeting. With Labor Day fast approaching, it should come as little surprise that the incredibly surprising romance…


TV watch list, Thursday, Aug. 21: 'Simpsons,' 'Simpsons'…

It's time to change the channel to FXX, and then never change it again, as you watch all the "Simpsons" episodes you can handle.


Fantasy football draft guide: How to draft your…

Many are wondering if we’re entering a new age in fantasy football drafting — one where running backs take a backseat.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Giants storylines to watch

The Giants have plenty to work on as they reach the dress rehearsal preseason game Friday night against the rival Jets.


Jets vs. Giants: 3 Jets storylines to watch

Metro looks at three Jets storylines to watch as they play the Giants Friday.


Giants expected to work Corey Washington into first-team…

The day of reckoning for the Giants' fringe players will fall upon them Friday night against the Jets.


Online dating for every generation

Frank Jackson and his mother Maggie are like lots of modern families: They have dinner together regularly, keep each other updated on their lives —…


Going green could be the key to getting…

If we could just pursue the things that would actually make us happy, we could help the environment too, according to a New York researcher.…


Metabolic syndrome could have a sugar link

Scientists in St. Louis may have found another culprit in metabolic syndrome, which can lead to heart disease and type 2 diabetes.  Uric acid is…


Another way stress hurts your unborn baby

Mothers know to try staying calm during pregnancy, as stress has been linked to behavioral and developmental problems for their babies. But now, a new…