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October 24, 2013
Councilor Bill Linehan Produces Education Results

Currently many students must change schools after 5th grade only to have to do the same after 8th grade.  Providing more K-8 options promotes stability which fosters more parental involvement and positive school culture. 

Three schools in Councilor Linehan’s District 2 are currently proposed to increase to grade 8, the Condon, the Tynan and the Blackstone.  The need for these changes is immediate and Councilor Linehan will be working with the School Department to make these changes as soon as possible.

The incorporation of these recommendations from Councilor Linehan add to the other recent educational achievements he has been able to push forward, the restored funding for the Perry School during this year’s budget negotiations and the announcement of the Josiah Quincy School / Boston Arts Academy’s needed relocation.  A new $260 Million dollar facility has passed the first round of approvals. 

Councilor Linehan has pushed this issue for years because of the lack of local school options afforded to families in the Chinatown, South End and downtown areas of his district.  “When the Clapp School was proposed for closure, I worked with the parents, principal and School Department to prevent that from happening.  It not only remained open, but it is now the city’s first and only Innovation School.”Added Councilor Linehan.  “I advocated for a return to neighborhood schools during the recent reassignment process and now have successfully lobbied for more K-8 options for our kids. 

These are the type of results that we need to keep families within the neighborhoods close to downtown and I look forward to continuing this progress.”You can contact Councilor Bill Linehan’s Office by phone at 617-635-3203, email at Bill.Linehan@cityofboston.gov.  You can also follow him on Facebook, Bill Linehan & Twitter @Linehanbill.



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