Friday, May 28, 2010

Y/BPS shutting down

As of June 1, Y/BPS will be no more. For those who don't know, it was a partnership between the YMCA and BPS to help parents understand and consider Boston Public Schools for their children. Kathleen Colby was the Y/BPS person who held the hands of those of us in the West Zone. She also helped every year with the West Zone Parents Group meetings. She was very patient, honest, and knew so much about the system. I feel sad that incoming families won't be able to take advantage of all her wisdom.

Boston Public Schools is taking over this effort with Team BPS. They're recruiting volunteer ambassadors, including parents. Parents, supporters, and prospective parents will also blog about their experiences. (What a fantastic idea!) I hope that Team BPS will present the full picture of schools, warts and all. Parents need to know that in order to make informed choices.

4 comments:

Stefan Lanfer said...

couldn't agree more on warts and all. as prospective BPS dad, all sugar and spice/KoolAid drinking accounts just raise red flags about what's under the hood - to mix all kinds of metaphors.

Anonymous said...

This is too bad. The independent objectivity and clear information that Kathleen brough to the table in navigating the thicket of process and terms in BPS (# of class seats, lottery rounds, interplay of walk zone + sibling seats, AWP, feeder schools) etc. will be hard to replicate from within BPS...

julie said...

Kathleen has been a gem and will be sorely missed. As the parent of a first grader at the Curley and one of these new BPS ambassadors, I certainly don't believe a volunteer like me can ever replace what she brought to the table. That said, I can assure prospective parents and others that those of us who have signed on to represent BPS in an ambassadorial role have no intention of sugar coating anything. Our role is to share our stories and experiences (and sometimes seek answers) to help others make well-informed decisions just as we did and continue to do.

Geeky Mama said...

Glad to hear this, Julie.