Call For Civility At Boston School Committee Hearings

BOSTON (CBS) – It sounds a bit like British parliament: interruptions, shouting and theatrics. But it’s right here in Boston, when the school committee holds a hearing.

With all the budget cuts and recent school closings, anger has been bubbling to the surface, says board chair Gregory Groover.

Case in point: an audience member screaming ‘liar’ at Superintendent Carol Johnson when she explained her reasons for school closings.

WBZ NewsRadio 1030’s Laurie Kirby reports

At one meeting, teens dragged in a fake casket to symbolize the death of their school.

What to do about it?

A subcommittee is drafting a code of conduct that would ban props and heckling at Boston school committee hearings.

A vote could come this fall.

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  • Mike

    How about we jut disband the council, and start over with a group that has no connection to Mayor Menino, that would be the best solution.

    Here are a couple of facts to consider:

    1) About 2 years ago Mayor Menino came to the West Roxbury Public Lib. to read to a group of kids. At the meeting he encoutered a group of kids ins shirts saying “BPS under funded. At a press conference following he said it was an issue of funding.

    2) Each year BPS spends between 80-90 Million dollars on busing.

    3) My family and I lived in West Roxbury for the last 10 years. We moved last year, along with 5 other friends, because of the uncertainty that the BPS system would be fixed in the near or distant future.

    Solution: Stop busing and reinvest the money in the system where it is needed. If that means that initially Roxbury and Dourchester are going to get the bulk of the money in increase security and curb Gang violence then so be it.

    We need to make these changes for our Kids.


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