Last day of class for BPS students as DESE leaders gear up for big vote – Boston 25 News


BOSTON — Monday is the last day of school for Boston Public Schools.

As the kids prepare to enjoy their summer, the school leaders prepare to vote on whether the district will go into receivership.

State Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley said he doesn’t want the district in receivership, but he will recommend that DESE designate the BPS as an underperforming district.

It comes after weeks of discussions between school leaders, Mayor Michelle Wu and state education regulators. They’re trying to come up with a plan to improve several issues that were outlined in a 188-page report last month.

In a memo written by Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley, he said the city and state were unable to come to an agreement on the best way to move forward.

The commissioner said if the council were to designate the BPS as an underperforming district, he would appoint a chief to oversee site visits in the district. It would also ask the district to create an improvement plan. Riley said once the department approves that plan, the council will make up to $10 million available over three years.

The teachers’ union is backing Mayor Wu who is coming up with a plan to help improve schools. Even if the board votes to classify BPS as underperforming, that doesn’t completely rule out the possibility of the school going into receivership in the future if it doesn’t fix the issues.

The council is due to meet Tuesday at 9 a.m.

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