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A Tale of Two Boston Schools: Orchard Gardens and Higginson/Lewis

In a struggling neighborhood filled with kids from struggling families, two of the city’s worst-performing schools are on diverging paths.

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Boston Schools Get a $2.5 Million Donation

“Did you know that someone born in America today is less likely to graduate high school than their parents?” Peter Lynch asked me this morning, […]

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Carol Johnson’s Boston Public

As Carol Johnson prepares to step down after six tumultuous years as Boston’s superintendent of schools, her job performance has become a central issue in the city’s first competitive mayoral race in a generation. Critics portray her as an ineffective steward, while her admirers say she’s been a compassionate leader. So how’d she do, really?

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Carol Johnson, Boston Public Schools Superintendent, Steps Down

After six years at the helm of Boston Public Schools, Carol Johnson announced today that she’ll be stepping down at the end of the school […]

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Boston School Assignment Reform Attracts Some Opportunists

The Boston School Assignment saga has reached a resolution: the ‘Home-Based Plan’ will be implemented with the 2014-15 school year. The External Advisory Board deserves […]

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A Chinese MIT Grad Student Designed the New School Choice System

The Boston School Committee voted to approve a plan that ends the current school zone system, a decades-old legacy of the busing plan. The new […]

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Rajon Rondo Is a Better Math Teacher Than You

Rajon Rondo photo courtesy of Jeremiah E. Burke High School On Tuesday, Kehinde Oshodi, a teacher at Dorchester’s Jeremiah E. Burke High School, noticed a […]

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How A Nobel Winning Economist Helped Fix Boston School Selection

Harvard Professor Alvin Roth won the Nobel Prize in Economics Monday, along with Lloyd Shapley of UCLA, for his work fixing markets that match people to […]

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At Last, Boston's Schools Reach a Deal with Unions

After 27 months of negotiations, Boston’s school district and its teachers unions have reportedly reached an agreement on contract negotiations. A final, quiet compromise forged […]

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Boston Public Schools Shelves Pink Slime

In case you haven’t heard of it, “pink slime” is the pulverized and ammonia-hydroxide-treated slaughterhouse scraps mixed into regular beef. It’s a food product that […]

Best Schools 2011: The Rankings

Our exclusive ranking of the region’s Top 50 school districts.

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Siblings and the Boston Public School Lottery

If you’ve got young kids in the city, the Boston Public Schools lottery is on your mind. Boston‘s Amy Traverso recently prescribed strategies for dealing […]


Navigating the Boston Public Schools System

Come kindergarten, urban families have no choice but to flee the city for the ’burbs, right? Think again. It is possible to put together a great education for your kids right in Boston. Here’s how.