Boston city and school officials push back on state's 'unrealistic timelines' for reforms

As the school year draws to a close, negotiations over state-supervised reform in the Boston Public Schools have soured:

6/23/2022 1:32:00 PM

As the school year draws to a close, negotiations over state-supervised reform in the Boston Public Schools have soured:

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and other city officials say they are responding to the state's concerns about the schools. But they also raise concerns of their own: saying that the state's preferred approach — rapid change, implemented with limited support and 'top-down control' — could backfire.\r\n

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Brenda Cassellius addresses the news media about her decision to step down at the end of the school year during a press conference at Brighton High School. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)As the school year draws to a close, negotiations over state-supervised reform in the Boston Public Schools have soured.

In a letter dated June 21, Boston Mayor Michelle Wu and top school officials say they share state education officials' "urgency" about responding to various pressing concerns about the district's safety protocols, facilities and educational services.

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Uvalde mayor accuses state of leaking records to make local police look badRelatives of the victims and other members of the community also called for the ousting of Pete Arredondo, who is the police chief of the city’s school district and a newly elected council member. The only way to make pigs look worse is put lipstick on them ! 🖤 Scapegoat law enforcement!? There is video. There are 911 calls. There are 21 dead, 19 being children. Scapegoat!! No. Now the mayor and his law enforcement is backpedaling. They don’t know where to hide. And accusing the state is a cop out.

Uvalde mayor accuses state of leaking records to make local police look badRelatives of the victims and other members of the community also called for the ousting of Pete Arredondo, who is the police chief of the city’s school district and a newly elected council member. nikigriswold The Uvalde police didn't need any help to *make them look bad*. They did a bang-up job of it all on their own. OK. Well then, you owe Beto an apology. Let's start there. You were on stage with DPS and gova trying to make Uvalde PD look like heros. Were you the one who pumped them full of 'misinformation'?

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