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Boston councilors ask Massachusetts to press pause on school improvement plan amid coronavirus crisis

Posted On: Mar 31, 2020   |   Posted By: Boston Herald

State educators' insistence on forging ahead with plans to improve Boston's underperforming schools as students and families struggle to cope with their new realities amid the coronavirus crisis “smacks of racism” and “classism,” said City Councilor Lydia Edwards.
“After years of being underfunded by the state, for the state to come in with a sense of urgency that is false and unnecessary is insulting to a lot of my constituents,” City Councilor Lydia Edwards told state educators Tuesday at a remote Board of Secondary Elementary Education meeting. “I also want to note that it does smack of racism, it smacks of classism, it smacks of being completely out of tune with what people of color and low-income individuals need in terms of education.”
City Council President Kim Janey and councilor Annissa Essaibi-George joined her on the Tuesday-morning call.
Boston Public Schools narrowly avoided full receivership by the state Department of Education this month following a blistering nearly 300-page audit that...

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