With talk of combining two local elementary schools still brewing, Cambridge School Committee members discussed how to increase the number of minority teachers in the school system Saturday morning.
The roundtable discussion was held at the Howard Johnson's Hotel on Memorial Drive and was organized by a local citizens group, Cambridge Citizens Moving Forward. Topics ranged the educational gamut as the two dozen audience members and forum organizers posed questions of the committee.
School committee members spent the most time addressing the dearth of minority teachers in the Cambridge school system compared to the minority student population.
According to school district figures, 33 percent of students in kindergarten to eighth grade are black, but only 7 percent of the students' teachers are black.
Committee member Joseph G. Grassi said the district's cumbersome hiring process are partly to blame for the system's failure to hire more black teachers.
Grassi said he favors letting "the superintendent hire teachers of color right away," bypassing a hiring process he said takes three to four months and means Cambridge loses many minority teachers to other districts that have streamlined procedures.
Superintendent of School Bobbie J. D'Alessandro has asked the committee to grant her the power to hire minority teachers without going through the usual resume and interview committees.
If the planned merger of the Fletcher and Maynard elementary schools is approved, the new school will be in a new or renovated facility and its principal will have broad authority to choose a new staff. Committee members said this would be an opportunity to increase the number of minority teachers at that school.
Two New Independent Leaders for the SchoolsWhen she takes her place on the Cambridge School Committee in January, Jane F. Sullivan will move to change the
Keeping Classrooms FunctioningHaving already lost $6 million in funds and between 140 and 150 teachers--and facing the prospect of losing another $6
Thirteen Cantabrigians Who Want to Run the City SchoolsHenrietta S. Attles Henrietta Attles, running for her second term on the CCA slate sees the discrepancy in reading scores
Cambridge School Superintendent Discusses Budget DeficitCambridge School Superintendent Bobbie D'Alessandro discussed the school system's $3.6 million budget deficit last night with around 40 parents at
Give Students the VoteOver the past several years, Cambridge Rindge and Latin School (CRLS) has undergone several drastic changes. A major redesign has
School Committee to Send Letters Firing TeachersThe Cambridge School Committee voted yesterday afternoon to send letters to 58 school teachers and administrators informing them they will