THE BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOL system is in a moment of crisis. The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education’s recently released report describes a dysfunctional system with fundamental student services and supports suffering as a result. As Boston and state leadership work toward a plan for partnership with the goal of addressing key areas, families, advocates, and educators alike are voicing their opinions on what the district can and should do to address these issues with urgency. All of this serves as a backdrop to the city’s search for a new superintendent. Despite these headwinds, BPS is in the position to embrace new possibilities and chart a course that leads to lasting improvement and real change for schools and students.


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