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Call For Civility At Boston School Committee Hearings

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Superintendent Carol Johnson (left) and a school committee member.(CBS)

Superintendent Carol Johnson (left) and a school committee member.(CBS)

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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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