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Police: Boston Schools Received Suspicious Letters

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Boston Police are investigating several suspicious letters sent to different Boston Public Schools today, according to a statement from police.

The letters contained “threatening and disturbing” content, said police, but contained no dangerous subtances. Police said the letters were addressed to public schools in different areas of the city and were all postmarked from Texas. 

Police did not specify which schools received the letters. 

“Boston Police are collecting the letters and will investigate the source,” police said. “We do not know of any credible threat to our schools.”

Police said that school officials will continue to isolate any letters with a Texas address, and that police will increase their presence at schools in the following days and weeks. 

“While we remain vigilant and are taking appropriate action, we reiterate there is no credible physical threat and the letters did not contain any substances,” police said in the statement. “The safety of our students and school personnel is our top priority.” read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - June 6, 2013 at 7:50 pm

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Leder v. Superintendent of Schools of Concord & Concord-Carlyle Regional School District, et al. (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-095-13)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02108-1750;  (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us

SJC‑11224

PAUL LEDER[1]  vs.  SUPERINTENDENT OF SCHOOLS OF CONCORD & CONCORD-CARLYLE REGIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT & others.[2]

Middlesex.     February 7, 2013.  ‑  May 31, 2013.

Present:  Ireland, C.J., Spina, Cordy, Botsford, Gants, Duffly, & Lenk, JJ.

School and School DistrictSchool and School Committee, Superintendent of schools, Regional school district.  Municipal Corporations, Contracts.  Contract, Bidding for contract, Regional school district.  InjunctionPractice, Civil, Preliminary injunction.  State Ethics CommissionConflict of Interest. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - June 1, 2013 at 4:52 am

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Boston Schools Superintendent Shares Tips for Talking with Kids about Marathon Bombing

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol Johnson

In the aftermath of Monday’s Boston Marathon bombing, Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R. Johnson sent a letter to staff and families of students titled, “Talking with Children about Tragedies,” that was shared via the Warren-Prescott School newsletter on Tuesday morning.

In the newsletter, Warren-Prescott Principal Michele Davis wrote: “Our sincere thoughts and prayers go out to all of those affected by yesterday’s events. Our own Melissa Shea ran the Boston Marathon yesterday and her family was among the spectators. I am relieved to report that Melissa and her family are safe.”

Davis asked that anyone with information about other Warren-Prescott families that may have been affected by the bombing to contact her at mdavis@boston.k12.ma.us.

Boston Public Schools are closed this week for April Vacation.

Below is Johnson’s letter:

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Dear BPS families and friends, read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - April 17, 2013 at 5:17 am

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South End Answers: When’s the Last Day of School for Boston Public Schools?

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Welcome to “You Ask, Patch Answers,” a new feature where we find the answers to your questions. 

This week, we tackled the question, “When’s the last day of school for Boston Public Schools students??”

According to the most recent snow days through March 21st, the last day of school for Boston Public Schools students will be held on June 28th. Any further snow days will continue to push school back a day. 

Got a question about the neighborhood you want answered? Submit it in the comments below. Each week South End Patch will pick a question to research and answer the following week. Add your question today!

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 26, 2013 at 9:50 am

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Boston Public Schools Closed Tuesday

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Spring arrives later this week, but one last winter storm has forced Boston schools closed on Tuesday.

“The latest forecasts show Boston could see 8 inches of snowfall with the expectation for freezing rain, ice, and sleet throughout the morning’s commute. Residents and commuters should expect very slow traffic as the City’s plowing operations continue throughout Tuesday morning. For commuters coming into Boston tomorrow, public transportation will be the best route,” wrote the Mayor’s office in a Monday night press release.

While schools are closed, Boston’s Youth and Families Centers will be open from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m.. A parent or guardian of kids 12 and under must sign a short form before dropping their child off.

“Residents with weather-related questions or concerns should call the Mayor’s 24-Hour Hotline at 617-635-4500, or contact us via Twitter using @NotifyBoston. Residents should also visitwww.cityofboston.gov/snow for latest updates and to submit requests and find information online,” read the statement. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 19, 2013 at 1:14 am

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Boston Schools Get New Student Assignment Policy

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - March 14, 2013 at 3:41 pm

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Connolly: Would Look to Preserve South End Character, Improve Schools

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At-Large Boston City Councilor John Connolly announced on Tueday morning he will run for mayor of Boston this year, regardless of whether or not current Mayor Thomas Menino decides to run. 

Connolly said he respects Menino and his service to Boston, but noted he thought it’s time for a change in leadership. 

“I’ve worked with [Menino] and I’ve learned from him, however, this campaign is about Boston’s future, and the need for new ideas, new energy and a new resolve for Boston to reach its full potential.”

Connolly said the way to ensure the future success of the city of Boston is to invest in its public schools to completely transform them into high-performing schools.

“The success of our schools directly impacts our ability to create safe healthy and liveable neighborhoods as well as our ability to create jobs, attract talent and retain families in Boston,” Connolly said. “It’s not a mission impossible. Transforming our schools is a matter of political will and a bold desire to change the status quo.” read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 27, 2013 at 3:09 pm

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Serrazina v. Springfield Public Schools (Lawyers Weekly No. 10-027-13)

NOTICE:  All slip opinions and orders are subject to formal revision and are superseded by the advance sheets and bound volumes of the Official Reports.  If you find a typographical error or other formal error, please notify the Reporter of Decisions, Supreme Judicial Court, John Adams Courthouse, 1 Pemberton Square, Suite 2500, Boston, MA 02108-1750;  (617) 557-1030; SJCReporter@sjc.state.ma.us

SJC‑11148

MARIA SERRAZINA  vs.  SPRINGFIELD PUBLIC SCHOOLS.

February 15, 2013.

School and School Committee, Arbitration, Suspension from employment, Termination of employment, Compensation of personnel.  Arbitration, School committee, Confirmation of award.  Damages, Back pay.  Labor, Arbitration.

When the plaintiff, Maria Serrazina, became the subject of a certain Federal indictment, the defendant school department suspended her, without pay under G. L. c. 268A, § 25, from her position as a school adjustment counselor.  Thereafter, she entered into a pretrial diversion agreement with Federal authorities, and the indictment ultimately was dismissed.  After Serrazina sought reinstatement, the school department terminated her employment pursuant to G. L. c. 71, § 42, and she filed a grievance challenging the termination.  An arbitrator ordered that she be reinstated.  Serrazina then commenced an action in the Superior Court seeking confirmation of the arbitration award, as well as back pay for the period of her suspension and the period between her termination and reinstatement.  A Superior Court judge affirmed the arbitration award reinstating Serrazina, but allowed the school department’s motion for summary judgment with respect to her back pay claims.  Serrazina appealed, challenging the denial of compensation.  The Appeals Court affirmed the denial with respect to the period between her termination and reinstatement, but reversed with respect to the period of her suspension.  Serrazina v. Springfield Pub. Schs., 80 Mass. App. Ct. 617 (2011).  We granted Serrazina’s application for further appellate review. read more

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 15, 2013 at 10:59 pm

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Boston Public Schools CLOSED on Tuesday, February 12

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Boston Public Schools will be closed on Tuesday due to the continued cleanup of the blizzard of 2013 that dropped more than 20 inches on Boston’s neighborhoods.

Mayor Thomas Menino made the announcement first over his official twitter  account.

“Boston Public Schools will be closed Tuesday, February 12,” he tweeted. 

Boston Public Schools are also closed next week for Febrary break.

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 11, 2013 at 10:19 pm

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Boston Public Schools CLOSED on Monday

Boston Public Schools will be closed on Monday, February 11, 2013, as crews continue to cleanup from one of the worst storms to hit Beantown.

Boston Mayor Thomas Menino tweeted on Sunday: “Boston Public Schools will be closed tomorrow, Monday, February 11.”

The snow emergency parking ban remains in effect.

Menino also tweeted: “Our #1 priority today is getting to side streets. Thank you for patience as we recover from 5th largest storm to ever hit Boston.”

Boston Centers for Youth & Families (BCYF) will have four community centers open Monday for parents who need a safe place for their child to spend the day. Children must be over age 6 and any child under 12 needs to be dropped off with a parent to fill out a short form before they leave the child. The centers will be open from 7:30 a.m. to 6 p.m. Open BCYF centers are:

BCYF Curtis Hall Community Center, 20 South Street, Jamaica Plain

BCYF Hyde Park Community Center, 1179 River Street, Hyde Park

BCYF Paris Street Community Center, 112 Paris Street, East Boston

BCYF Tobin Community Center, 1481 Tremont Street, Mission Hill

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Posted by Massachusetts Legal Resources - February 11, 2013 at 6:52 am

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