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.