State, Boston reach agreement on school improvement plan
Deal avoids vote that would have led to more state oversight
STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE
STATE AND BOSTON officials reached agreement Monday on an improvement plan for the Boston Public Schools, foreclosing a vote planned for Tuesday that would have cleared the way for additional state oversight.
The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education was set to vote Tuesday morning on Commissioner Jeff Riley’s recommendation that the district be labeled underperforming, a move that would allow him to appoint a monitor and require the district to submit an improvement plan for state approval.
The recommendation came in response to a blistering state report last month that said the district falls short in key areas including special education and transportation. Riley said he was seeking the vote after his team and Mayor Michelle Wu’s could not agree on a systemic improvement plan after more than a month of talks.
The city and school district’s commitments under the plan run through June 30, 2025.