The last thing our system needs is bad news. The news ought to be good: Boston is among the top urban “ arguably it is the top urban “ school systems in he country as measured by the NAEP tests. We have held this position for years, and it is no fluke. On the other hand, we have a district leadership that continues to make the news “ and not always for the great news we ought to expect.So we see this news about a federal lawsuit buried in an otherwise innocuous Globe piece about the school budget:
“The School Committee also approved a plan to temporarily reopen a Dorchester school to accommodate a sudden influx of preschoolers who require special education immediately. Fifield Elementary, which closed less than a year ago, is scheduled to open next week as an early childhood education center and could have seven classrooms in operation by the end of the school year.
“The school is being reopened as the School Department faces a class-action lawsuit in federal court that asserts that the department routinely violates state and federal laws by denying evaluations and classroom placements for preschoolers with special needs.