Boston Teachers Union planning to sue for all-remote learning as city coronavirus rate rises

The Boston Teachers Union plans to sue in an effort to force Boston Public Schools to go all remote now that the city’s coronavirus infection rate is up.

The union said in a post Thursday morning, “We are seeking injunctive relief regarding the BPS and city’s decision not to comply with the MOA language which requires BPS to transition to full remote learning as a result of the 4.1% COVID-19 positivity rate.”

That’s referring to the seven-day average positivity rate that Mayor Martin Walsh announced Wednesday. The city has long said that 4% is the threshold at which the city will reconsider its path to send BPS students back to some in-person learning.

Walsh on Wednesday said the city would “pause” the next phase in the process, pushing back by at least a week young children going back to school.

Walsh has repeatedly said it’s important to get children back

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Charles Boston For State Board Of Education

WASHINGTON, DC — In addition to voting for president and vice president of the United States in the Nov. 3 general election, voters in Washington, D.C., will choose a delegate to the U.S. House of Representatives; at-large member of the D.C. Council; member of the D.C. Council for wards 2, 4, 7 and 8; U.S. senator; U.S. representative; at-large member of the State Board of Education; member of the State Board of Education for wards 2, 4, 7, and 8; and Advisory Neighborhood Commissioner.

Charles Boston, a 45-year-old tradesman and operating engineer, is running for the Ward 7 seat on the State Board of Election.

As part of its coverage of the 2020 election, Patch has asked candidates in select races in D.C. to fill out a questionnaire to describe why they think they’re the best person to fill the job they’re running for.

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Charles Boston

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Amherst budget chief says Boston business groups’ state education funding report guillotines local school district

AMHERST – A proposal by two Boston-based business advocacy groups to alter how the state’s Chapter 70 local aid to school districts is disbursed would take a meat cleaver to the local school district, according to the town’s budget chief Sean Mangano.

Nearly $8 million of state education aid would be lopped off the revenue sheets for Amherst school system and Amherst-Pelham regional district, he said.

The two business groups co-wrote a 23-page report – saying more Chapter 70 school aid should go to the least wealthy cities and towns, and less to more affluent communities.

Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce and Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education jointly wrote the research paper – Ryan Flynn from the Alliance and James Sutherland of the Chamber.

The authors acknowledged assistance from a small group of experts.

Those include two men recently in senior leadership positions at the state Department of Elementary and

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Families, leaders in special education protest Boston Public Schools’ plan

But the district’s latest plan calls for students with the highest needs to return to schools Oct. 1 for two days a week. Those who attend schools of all high-needs students will be able to return for four days a week on Oct. 12. The rest of the district’s 11,000 special-education students must wait to learn whether they will be able to receive more than two days of weekly in-person school until after the district accommodates all other students wanting to learn in-person.

Karina Paulino-Pena, whose son has Down syndrome and attends Blackstone Elementary School, said last spring he struggled to sit still in front of a computer for more than 15 minutes and couldn’t concentrate or respond to the teacher’s questions.

“Of three therapies that he has to do for 30 minutes every week, he only managed to do one,” she said in Spanish in a statement. “I did

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