Before Boston Public Schools officials became consumed by the demands of remote learning, distributing Chromebooks, keeping track of disappearing students and other pandemic-era challenges, there was the looming threat of a state takeover.
A review by the state’s Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released in February of 2020 found that 34 of the city’s schools had student populations who scored in the lowest 10% on the state’s MCAS standardized exam.
BPS Superintendent Brenda Cassellius in March of 2020 signed a memorandum of understanding with the state, agreeing to take actions to improve instruction and conditions in the 34 low-ranked-schools and districtwide. After a year-long pandemic pause, that MOU is again in force, with district officials reporting progress.
The MOU didn’t discourage Board of Elementary and Secondary Education member Matt Hills, a managing director of a private equity firm, from suggesting last Tuesday that the state again consider receivership of
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