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Revised Start-End Times Letter to Families

Dear SpedPAC families,

We wanted to make sure you are aware of the community meetings that are being held this week to discuss the proposed bell times for the 2018-2019 school year in case you would like to attend. A list of all the meetings can be found here:

If you are unable to attend one of the meetings or prefer to contact your elected officials to voice your opinion or concerns, you can reach them here:

City of Boston 311 Hotline:

Boston City Council:

As always, you can contact us directly at  or 617.297.7335 regarding this or any other issue you may be facing. (Please note that the issue form on our website is not currently working, so email is the best way to reach us with any sped related issues for the immediate future.)

With thanks,

Boston SpedPAC Executive Board


BuildBPS Neighborhood Workshops 2017

BuildBPS Parent Advisory Group members:

Revised Schedule for the BuildBPS Neighborhood Workshops
Please share the updated flyers (attached in English and in Spanish) with your networks. 

Flyers English and Spanish 

May 23rd             Allston-Brighton (Edison)

May 25th             Roxbury/Fenway/Back Bay/South End/North End/Charlestown (Timilty)

May 30th             Jamaica Plain/Roxbury/Mission Hill (Curley)

May 30th             Dorchester/South Boston (Mather)

June 1st               West Roxbury/Roslindale/Hyde Park (Ohrenberger)

June 6th               Roxbury/Dorchester/Mattapan/Hyde Park (Lilla Frederick)

June 6th               East Boston (East Boston High)

All events are from 5:30-8.  Food and childcare will be provided.

As a reminder, these Neighborhood Workshops will be used to guide and inform the next steps in the BuildBPS Master Plan.  Today, too many of the BPS facilities do not reflect Boston’s deep commitment to outstanding public schools. Educators and students alike make the best possible use of the spaces available, but they deserve much more than the aging building stock currently has to offer.
Help us get the word out about these events and bring the community together to decide how to spend the $1B that the Mayor has committed over the next ten years.


ELT Informational Trainings for SSC

BPS and the BTU have jointly agreed to extend the school day for all schedule
A schools in three cohorts.

The SSC plays an integral part of the decision-making process and planning
of the extended school day. This informational training will prepare parents,
and School Site Council members for the decisions to be made ahead.

SSC members at these schools are strongly encouraged to attend.

This training is also open to all other schedule A schools.
Please register your SSC to attend any of these trainings at


Roxbury/Jamaica Plain
Dec. 1, 2016
5:30-7:30 pm
Martin Luther King Jr. K-8 School
77 Lawrence Street
Dorchester, MA 02124


Dec. 5, 2016
5:30-7:30 pm
Murphy K-8 School
1 Worrell Street
Dorchester, MA 02122


East Boston
Dec. 7, 2016
5:30-7:30 pm
McKay K-8 School
122 Cottage Street
East Boston, MA 02128


West Roxbury/Roslindale
Dec. 8, 2016
5:30-7:30 pm
Phineas Bates Elementary School
426 Beech Street
Roslindale, MA 02131


South Boston/South End
Dec. 13, 2016
5:30-7:30 pm
J.F. Condon Elementary School
200 D Street
South Boston, MA 02127


Dec. 15, 2016
5:30-7:30 pm
Thomas A. Edison K-8 School
60 Glenmont Road
 Brighton, MA 02135


Dinner will be served and childcare is available upon request.
You may select any of these trainings regardless of your
school’s location. Please direct any further questions to
Shanika Houlder-White at

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BPS Special Meeting – Basic Rights and the IEP Process


Special Education
Informational Session
for Families

This session will focus on providing information
to the Chinese Speaking Community

Josiah Quincy Elementary
885 Washington Street
Boston, MA 02111

Tuesday, November 17th, 2015
6:00 PM – 7:30 PM

Topics include:
Basic Special Education Rights
and IEP process

Questions/Concerns will be addressed at the end of the session.

Please join us!

Any questions, please call Cindie Neilson
(Interim Assistant Superintendent of the Office of Special Education)
at 617-635-8599.

Flyers – English   –   Mandarin


100-Day Plan – Listen & Learn Session – Nov 19, 2015 – Advanced Work Classes, Mass Core

Here is all of the detailed info for this General Meeting.

BPS is providing opportunities for all families – students with special needs and those in regular education – to give their feedback on the proposed expansion of Advanced Work Classes and BPS Graduation Requirements as recommended by Mass Core.

In its 100-Day Plan, under the direction of new superintendent, Dr. Tommy Chang, the District identifies core values that will guide its work of based on input from students, families, staff, community members and partners.  The 100-Day plan kicked off on September 8, 2015, and the District continues to listen and learn about what schools are doing well and what needs to be done to better support all students.  Parent, family and caregiver input will drive this process in obtaining key information for BPS’s
Three-Year Plan which will be unveiled in September 2016.

Child care and interpretation services will be available, please request by Nov. 17.

Please RSVP by calling TaWonia Watkins at (617) 635-7750

Mass Core Excerpt regarding Special Education
What are the implications for students with disabilities?
Studies show that students are more likely to pass high-level than low-level high school courses, including students receiving special education services. However, some high school special needs students will require extra support to meet more rigorous high school expectations.  There are no waiver provisions for particular disabilities for MassCore completion, however schools and districts should pay special attention to a student’s individualized education program (IEP) and transition plan to ensure that students are enrolled in appropriate coursework.

Full Details, Links and Info:
BPS Flyer 100-Day_Plan_Parents_SpeakUp_Flier_FINAL
SpedPac Flyer BPS_spedpac_flyer_Nov-19-2015_w_SPanish_AWC_MassCore
Mass Core Files:
Q & A – masscore_q&a_Oct-2015
Report – MassCore_Report_91714_FINAL
Presentation – graduation_requirements_2016
Excel – gradrequirements_2016_MassCore



B-SET – Boston Special Education Transition – RESOURCE FAIR Sat. 10/24/15 and Plan

Resource Fair and Action Plan Release

Saturday, October 24, 2015
10:00 am – 12:00 Noon

State Street Corporation Channel Center
1 Iron Street • Boston, MA 02210


Flyer: PDF

Inclusive Employment and Career for Boston Youth with Disabilities: Pathways to the Talent Pipeline

Workforce Development Task Force
Boston Special Education Transition Project (B-SET)
Massachusetts Advocates for Children (MAC)

Saturday, October 24, 2015
10:00 am – 10:45 am

10:45 am – 12:00 Noon


  • Dr. Tommy Chang Boston Public Schools superintendent
  • Richard Curtis VP of Workforce Development and Talent Acquisition, State Street Corporation
  • Brian Doherty General Agent/Secretary Treasurer of the Building and Construction Trades Council of the Metropolitan District
  • Ron Marlow Undersecretary for Workforce Development at the MA Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development
  • Jerry Mogul MAC executive director
  • Oswald “Oz” Mondejar Senior VP Mission and Advocacy, Partners Continuing Care and member of US Department of Labor Advisory Committee on Increasing Competitive, Integrated Employ­ment for People with Disabilities
  • Alice Moore Undersecretary of the MA Executive Office of Health and Human Services
  • Trinh Nguyen Director, Mayor’s Office of Workforce Development


Plan Files:


2015 Boston Public Schools Budget – An 11-Minute Guide


The 2015 Boston Public Schools Budget – An 11-Minute Guide

A guide to the Boston Public Schools (BPS) budget for BPS parents by BPS parents.

Part 1 – 2015 Budget Timeline at Schools, the City, and State – 00:42
Part 2 – Weighted Student Funding – 03:12
Part 3 – City and State Funding Problems – 06:27

The pdf version may the found here:  Large File 6Meg
BPS_Budget_2015-Small File – Lower Quality