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BPS places Rox. school on probation

Cites chronic absenteeism, violations

Karen Morales | 2/7/2018, 11:30 a.m.
Boston Public Schools superintendent Tommy Chang announced last week that he was placing Greater Egleston High School on probation and ...
Greater Egleston High School building in Roxbury. Banner file photo

Meanwhile, under Sibley’s leadership, the school implemented changes such as requiring students to be in school five days a week and suspending the school’s internship program.

“They continued drastic changes at the school level without consulting us and informing [the school’s governing board],” said Jain.

As a pilot school, GEHS has been able to run relatively independently from BPS, including having a governing board elected by parents, students and faculty.

“The district really wanted our buy-in for all the changes, but that was never going to happen because it was the wrong thing to do,” Jain told the Banner.

As for the 104 students who were initially disenrolled, according to Jain, some of them returned to their prior schools, “knowing that their prior school was never the right environment for them, and in some cases, a dangerous environment.”

General crackdown?

Recent changes in other pilot schools may point to a wider issue of BPS officials cracking down on alternative schools.

Last year, the district laid off three administrators at Dorchester Academy and sent notices to students encouraging them to transfer, and informed current students at Boston Adult Technical Academy they might not be able to get their diploma if they turn 22 during the school year, even though BATA was established to help over-age students finish their high school education.

In his statement to School Committee members, Chang said he would provide another public update on Wednesday, Feb. 7 and hold a community meeting on Thursday, Feb. 8 at 6 p.m. at GEHS to discuss the school’s future.