Recently, the district held a public hearing on what was supposed to be an opportunity for community input on the next Boston Public Schools (BPS) board superintendent, but it felt more like a dog and pony show than a genuine effort to engage their constituents.Read more
The Boston Globe recently published a collection of stories from the city’s top high school students. The valedictorians, as they’re called, each talk about their background, the dreams they had at graduation and then fast-forward to where they are now. With interviews from 93 out of 113 Boston Public School valedictorians, you would expect to read through a series of success stories about how these kids have turned into the next generation of professional leaders. After all, they were the highest performing students in a city with deep educational ties, home to Harvard, Boston University and Northeastern. One of the smartest and wealthiest cities in the nation, Boston may seem to offer a world of opportunity for its youth. However, that’s not what the Boston valedictorians teach us.