Schools

BPS Superintendent Tommy Chang steps down

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Tommy Chang announced his resignation on Friday, two years before his contract with the school system was set to expire. Chang took over BPS in 2015, coming here from the Los Angeles public school system and signing on to a five-year contract in Boston. In a...

Monday, June 25, 2018 - 4:41pm

The 5 schools you should be applying to

Now that we have reached the halfway point of the school year, the time has come for many students to consider their plan of action as they apply to schools next Fall. It’s nice to think that your dream school will fling open their doors and name a wing after you once they’ve received...

Friday, December 15, 2017 - 1:44pm

South Carolina fifth-graders asked to justify KKK in school assignment

A South Carolina teacher has been suspended after giving her students a KKK question on an assignment. They were asked to imagine themselves as a member of the Klu Klux Klan and to justify the treatment of African-Americans. Students at the Oak Pointe Elementary School were given an assignment...

Wednesday, September 20, 2017 - 1:06pm

3-K for All: School year starts with launch of free lunch, new 3-K

Students across the city started school on Thursday, and with a new year comes new programs, including free 3-K for pre-school aged kids.  Mayor Bill de Blasio also announced on the first day of school the launch of the city’s 3-K For All initiative, an early childhood education program...

Thursday, September 7, 2017 - 11:29am

School is open but Walmart is not

NYC schools are now open, but once again out of work, single income, poor, working and middle class parents looking for reasonable priced clothing and educational supplies had to pay more. This is thanks to elected officials who believe they know what is best for you. ...

Wednesday, September 6, 2017 - 5:00am

Two former faculty members allegedly sexually abused Phillips Academy students: report

An investigation into Phillips Academy, an elite Massachusetts prep school, identified past sexual misconduct of students by two former faculty members. The report, released Monday, was the second for the Andover co-ed boarding school after the administration reached out to a law office in April...

Tuesday, August 1, 2017 - 10:18am

Schools might start later in Massachusetts after experts say teens need more sleep

For high school students balancing academics, homework, athletics and a part-time job, it can be a challenge to clock the 8.5 hours of sleep teens need -- and make it to school in time for the 7:30 a.m. bell. Mary Hamaker, founder of the Massachusetts chapter of Start School Later, is on a mission...

Wednesday, May 31, 2017 - 11:47am

This is the most dangerous school zone in Boston

Parents might want to think twice before sending their students off to school alone — a recent study shows that school zones are hotbeds of crime. The most dangerous school zone in Boston? That would be around James P. Timilty Middle School. Serving grades six to eight, more than 280 crimes...

Wednesday, May 10, 2017 - 12:31pm

Program fills backpacks with food for needy students, while filling a gap during school breaks

Spring break should be a carefree time for children, but for many, those days spent away from their public schools can mean days spent hungry. Nationwide, nearly 1 in 6 children live in households that struggle to put food on the table. The need is equally pressing in Cambridge, where a nonprofit...

Monday, April 24, 2017 - 5:00am

Oxygen-infused 'super water' could protect NYC schools from lead hazards,technology CEO says

After water testing in Flint, Michigan, exposed dangerous levels of toxic lead in the city’s drinking water, national attention focused on the issue of water quality. In New York City, recent tests of public school drinking water found some alarming results: 1 in 20 taps across the school...

Thursday, April 20, 2017 - 9:09am

Map shows most lead contaminated water fountains at NYC schools

Initials results from new testing for lead in New York City school water show potentially toxic contaminationat dozens of schools. However, city officials insist that all unsafe water is taken off-line.As a response to the water crises in Flint, Michigan, and Newark, New Jersey, the city announced...

Thursday, March 30, 2017 - 1:56pm

5-year-old suspended from school for pretending a stick was a gun

A 5-year-old girl was suspended for pretending a stick was a gun at school.Caitlin Miller was playing“King and Queens” with two friends on the playground during recess.She was the guard so she picked up a “gun” — a stick — to imitate shooting intruders trying to breech the kingdom, ABC11in North...

Wednesday, March 29, 2017 - 8:41pm

Boston students and after-school programs would lose in Trump budget cuts, educators say

President Donald Trump's budget proposes big cuts to education spending. In Boston, educators are worried after-school programs and the students who benefit from them will end up being the big losers.During a recent fashion design class at Boston's Bridge to Excellence nonprofit, 8-year-old Alicia...

Thursday, March 23, 2017 - 1:50am

Penn State frat banned for 5 years after death of intoxicated 19-year-old member

A Penn State fraternity has had its chapter recognition revoked while officials investigate the death of an intoxicated underage member.Beta Theta Pi has been banned for “no less than five years and may be made permanent upon completion of the criminal and University investigations now underway,”...

Saturday, February 18, 2017 - 1:58pm

NYC organization offers free supplies to public schools, nonprofits and artists

On the third floor of an unassuming warehouse building in Long Island City is a cavern of creativity.Welcome to Materials for the Arts, which gathers discarded items from businesses and individuals from across the five boroughs and donates them to public schools, nonprofits and artists.MFTA’s 35,...

Thursday, February 16, 2017 - 5:00am

Hillary Clinton to deliver Wellesley College commencement address

When Hillary Clinton delivered the first-ever student commencement speech at Wellesley College in 1969, she was Hillary Rodham, and she had no way of knowing that it would be the beginning of a long career in the spotlight.In May, she will return to address a new class of graduates.It will be her...

Thursday, February 2, 2017 - 1:08am

2 in custody when gun was fired at Boston Public Schools headquarters

Two teenage boys were in custody Wednesday after a gun was fired in the lobby of the Boston Public School headquarters in Roxbury, police confirmed. No one was injured.Boston Police were called to 2300 Washington St. at 9:20 a.m. after the shot was heard during a scuffle between the two boys in the...

Wednesday, February 1, 2017 - 9:09pm

'White privilege' essay contest stirs controversy in wealthy Connecticut town

A suburban Connecticut community is facing backlash over a town-sponsoredessay contest intended to get high school students thinking about white privilege.In its essay contest, the Westport Diversity Council asked students, in 1,000 words or less, to define white privilege and describe to what...

Tuesday, January 31, 2017 - 10:34am

Students hospitalized after school bus overturns on highway in Waltham

Twenty-two middle school students were treated at three local hospitals after a school bus they were riding on rolled over on Interstate 95 in Waltham, State Police said.The bus was carrying student from Curtis Middle School in Sudbury when it collided with a pickup truck on the busy interstate...

Wednesday, January 11, 2017 - 1:29pm

Philly cigarette tax revenue will likely fall $26M short of projections: City controller

Philadelphia's $2-per-pack tax on cigarettes will fall well below its projected revenue for the fiscal year, the Office of the Controller said.The tax, which the state approved in 2014, is meant to provide money to the city's cash-strapped district. Despite the expected shortfall, city school...

Thursday, January 5, 2017 - 7:59am