The Boston School Department spent much of last week explaining what it did “ or did not “ discuss with charter school operators the week before at what some have called a clandestine meeting. Many topics were explored at this meeting convened with city, BPS and charter school officials. One topic we know was discussed was the renting of possibly-soon-to-be-closed school buildings. To highlight the obvious: These discussions took place BEFORE the final School Committee vote that will be held tomorrow, Wednesday, December 15, at 6:00 PM at English High School.
Last week’s School Committee hearing was “ by all accounts “ a lesson in non-democracy. Hundreds of parents, students, and staff stood in an overcrowded English High auditorium for 5 1/2 hours for a chance to speak to a generally non-responsive School Committee. Many parents came with children and waited until 11:30 PM to speak and left frustrated that their voices were not heard “ or were barely heard. In the photo on the right, a contingent from the Fifield School, slated for closing.
The BTU had asked that the School Committee change the location to one that could seat the projected 600-700 people who were expected to attend. As predicted, there was a huge turnout; just as predictably, there were not adequate seats. The public, unfortunately, can expect more of the same this week when the final vote is taken: There will be an overflow crowd with inadequate seating arrangements. Unfortunately, democracy is not a high priority with the Boston School Committee.