Boston mayoral candidate unveils plan to improve city high schools

Wednesday, October 9, 2013

Walsh’s announcement made clear he was not ceding the issue of education to his opponent, John R. Connolly, who has made reforming Boston Public Schools the cornerstone of his campaign.

Walsh’s proposal includes establishing 9th and 10th grade “academies” in all those high schools, which would split grades into smaller groups with the aim of making sure fewer students fall through the cracks; crafting a more holistic approach to technical education; and working to create stronger parent involvement through an online system.

In a press conference outside the English High School in Jamaica Plain, Walsh emphasized that education reform would be a top issue were he to become the city’s next mayor.

“We can’t wait to address one of the most difficult challenges facing the Boston Public Schools, which is reforming the largest district high schools in the city of Boston,” said Walsh, a longtime state representative, surrounded by about 20 supporters.

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