Boston City Councilor Annissa Essaibi-George is spearheading a City Council hearing on “off-track” students this week. The Boston Herald reports:
With more than 3,000 Boston high school students falling behind pace for graduation, the Boston City Council is holding a hearing tomorrow aimed at finding out how the district can get kids back on track.
BTU President Jessica Tang weighed in on this critical issue:
“A lot of this has to do with staff support and resources,” said Jessica Tang, president of the Boston Teachers Union. “If we have high-need populations concentrated in specific schools, those schools should get more resources.”
Tang called for more specialized coursework to catch kids up, smaller class sizes, flexible schedules, more wraparound services and more help for kids involved with the Department of Children and Families.
BTU Executive Board member Michael Maguire offered his insights as a longtime educator:
“The BPS still has a ‘one-size-fits-all’ model for high school,” said Michael Maguire, a teacher at Boston Latin Academy. “Clearly, that is not enough. There should be a true night and evening school. I’d like to see the city offer a better alternative model. Some kids have to work in the daytime.”