The Boston Globe is reporting that Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and the state Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley came to a late night agreement on Monday to prevent the state from designating the district “underperforming” and a state takeover of Boston Public Schools.
This comes after the state released its audit highlighting the years of dysfunction in BPS and weeks of negotiating. Last week, the two finalists for BPS superintendent were announced and according to the Globe, the new timeline of the agreement could determine who will fill this role. Tommy Welch stated he could begin Friday and Mary Skipper has committed to staying in Somerville until the fall. Deputy Superintendent of Academics Drew Echelson will serve as acting superintendent until a permanent superintendent takes over.
The agreement includes deadlines as early as August for the city to complete many steps. The City of Boston and the schools have agreed to be held accountable for reaching specific, identified goals on a clear timeline, and engage with students, families, educators, and community members to shape policies and report progress to the state.
If the city and school system does not follow through with the “Systemic Improvement Plan,” the state could still take over. Some of the items that have to be addressed include improving special education, English learner instruction and student safety and transportation. State officials say DESE will also hire an independent auditor that has access to BPS data to ensure accurate data compliance.
$10 million over three years will also be provided by DESE to BPS to help reach goals.
The “Systemic Improvement Plan” will continue through June 30, 2025.
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Maureen Dahill is the editor of Caught in Southie and a lifelong resident of South Boston sometimes mistaken for a yuppie. Co-host of Caught Up, storyteller, lover of red wine and binge watching TV series. Mrs. Peter G. Follow her @MaureenCaught.
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