State Board of Education to Meet on Future of BPS – NECN
National education officials are due to meet on Tuesday after a scathing report found that the Boston Public School District needed “immediate improvement”.
The 200-page report outlines some positives, including that over the past few years, under the leadership of outgoing superintendent Dr. Brenda Cassellius, BPS has successfully launched several new district-wide initiatives and made progress others.
But the report also found that the district “has failed to effectively serve its most vulnerable students, perform core operational functions, and remove systemic barriers to delivering equitable, quality education.”
How to improve the district will be the focus of the elementary and secondary education council meeting on Tuesday morning.
The director of a family advisory board for the group, School Facts Boston, said if these issues continue to be discussed on paper and in meetings, students continue to suffer.
The DESE report states that “the district has failed to effectively serve its most vulnerable students, perform core operational functions, and remove systemic barriers to the provision of equitable, quality education.”
“Many committees, state officials and elected officials are continuing these dialogues, but the urgency and political will seem to be lacking to get these issues resolved in the most responsible and responsible way and just the right way to serve. Boston students and families as they deserve,” said Vernee Wilkinson of School Facts Boston.
While receivership is an avenue that has been touted as an option by Massachusetts education officials, the report does not directly state whether the board will recommend receivership.