Education

In LA, Boston’s New Superintendent Seen As A ‘Hands-On’ Administrator

March 13, 2015
Tommy Chang will begin as Boston Public Schools superintendent on July 1. Here he is with students at a graduation ceremony at Ánimo Venice Charter High School, part of the Los Angeles Unified School District. (Courtesy of LAUSD)

In Los Angeles, Tommy Chang, Boston’s new superintendent, oversaw 135 schools serving around 100,000 students. While struggling schools largely improved during his tenure, he still faced several significant issues.

College Students, Professors Still Making Up For A Winter Of Snow Days

March 13, 2015
This winter's record-breaking snowfall has some college sports teams wondering where they will be playing their first spring games, including Boston College's baseball team, pictured here during a practice earlier this week. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

This winter’s snow may finally be melting, but it’s expected to continue to affect students at college campuses all over the Boston area.

New Boston Superintendent Gets 5-Year Contract With $257,00 Starting Salary

March 12, 2015
Tommy Chang (Courtesy of BPS)

Tommy Chang’s starting salary is slightly below average for a school district of this size, according to the city.

English High Parents Express Outrage At Hiring Of Dean Now Charged With Shooting Student

March 11, 2015
Boston Police Deputy Superintendent John M. Brown addresses parents at English High School, where they spoke about the shooting of a student and the arrest of a dean. Some were frustrated with the low turnout of other parents. (Simón Ríos/WBUR)

Parents aired concerns at a Tuesday night meeting called by school officials to discuss a dean who has been charged with the attempted murder of a student.

Racist Videos Continue To Rock University Of Oklahoma

March 10, 2015
Workers remove the letters from the Sigma Alpha Epsilon house at the University of Oklahoma on Monday, March. 9, 2015, in Norman, Okla. (Nick Oxford/AP)

As the fallout continues, we speak with a student there who’s been advocating for greater inclusion of minority students in campus life.

An Alternative To Standardized Tests Gets Green Light In N.H.

March 10, 2015
A student takes a standardized test. (usdagov/Flickr)

Four school districts have received federal approval to conduct a first-of-its-kind pilot program that will cut standardized testing in half.

Getting Mental Health Help In High School

March 9, 2015
A poster at Rainier Beach High School's teen clinic lets students know they have a safe place to talk. (Ruby de Luna/KUOW)

A growing number of schools in Seattle are offering mental health services to students.

City Launches Inquiry Into Ex-English High Dean Charged With Shooting Student

March 9, 2015

Shaun Harrison was arrested and charged last week with attempted murder for the shooting of a 17-year-old male student.

Lawsuit To Be Filed Over Charter School Cap

March 9, 2015

Three lawyers from top Boston law firms plan to file a lawsuit arguing the state is violating the rights of students by capping the number of charter schools.

English High School Dean Faces Charges In Roxbury Shooting of Teen

March 6, 2015

English High School in Boston has become the focus of the investigation into drug dealing and an attempted murder earlier this week.

Wellesley College To Admit Transgender Women

March 5, 2015
Wellesley College (Susan Ujka via Flickr)

The new admissions policy goes into effect for students who apply this fall for admission next year.

At MIT, Praise For Openness On Recent Student Suicide

March 4, 2015

Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are praising the school for its transparency and response to the most recent suicide of a student.

Boston School Committee Picks LA’s Chang As New Superintendent

March 4, 2015
Tommy Chang (Courtesy of BPS)

In Los Angeles, Tommy Chang is a local instructional superintendent, who oversees more than 130 under-performing schools.

Tommy Chang Is Boston’s New School Superintendent

March 3, 2015
Tommy Chang (Courtesy of BPS)

Boston’s school system has been without a permanent leader for nearly two years.

Texas Charter Schools Get Creative To Finance Buildings

March 2, 2015
The new campus can serve 1,000 students. Right now it just has grades six and seven. (Houston Public Media)

Laura Isensee of Houston Public Media takes us on a tour of an extreme schoolhouse makeover.

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