Arlington parents who want to know what special-education services are available through the town's public schools now have one place to look, a 19-page booklet.
The push for the booklet came from a parent group; the staff of the Arlington public schools' special-education department put together the first such reference. It was handed out to the School Committee at its April 10 meeting.
"As far as I know, it is the only recent effort to describe our current programming," wrote Kathleen Lockyer, interim director of special education.
Marc Breslow, former Massachusetts Climate Action Network (MCAN) executive director plans to discuss whether Massachusetts can reach its mandate to reduce greenhouse gas by 2020.
He is due to speak at a meeting of Sustainable Arlington, set for 7 p.m. Thursday, April 17, at the Arlington Senior Center/Central School, lower level, 27 Maple St., behind Town Hall.
As Town Meeting is set to begin April 28, a number of efforts are underway to inform members and the public about issues the meeting will face.
Town Moderator John Leone will conduct an introduction to Town Meeting and limited warrant review on Thursday, April 17, at 7:30 p.m. in the Selectmen's Hearing Room in Town Hall (2nd floor, above the front door).
Arlington poet Emma Romeu plans to read from her book Renovación de la Luna (Renovation of the Moon), a bilingual event on Thursday, April 17, at 7 p.m., at at Trident Booksellers and Cafe, 338 Newbury St., Boston.
A selection of poems will be read in English by Eleni Sacre. She is a voice-over performing artist and the reader of the English audio CD "Renovation of the Moon."
The book will be available for sale the day of the event.
Starks seeks conversation about impact on students
The discussion began as quietly as a Dallin student taking an online test; it edged toward a decidedly emotional pitch.
Assistant Superintendent Laura Chesson told the School Committee on Thursday, April 10, that students at Dallin and Ottoson had participated in testing of PARCC, which stands for Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Careers.
Students had handled matters, she said, easier than the adults or the computer network, as Arlington is among a number of school statewide trying out the online exams, due to replace MCAS in 2016.
Police tracing drops of blood to a bandaged finger have arrested a teenage student at Arlington High School following a break-in at the Gulf Station on River Street early Monday, April 14.
A report by Officer Greg Foley describes how police found the suspect, who is not named because of his age. The station, near the Mystic River, has had nine previous breaking-and-entering reports since 2002, police said.
Stories seen as frightening to some kindergartners will not curtail Tools of the Mind, a program the superintendent called "premiere" and "a major paradigm shift."
Parents Katy Coughlin and Michael Vartabedian had filed a complaint last fall about the Magic Tree House book series, which they said included scenes inappropriate for 5-year-olds. The books are among a number that Tools of the Mind uses.
After a committee studied the issue, Superintendent Kathleen Bodie said Thursday, April 10, she concurred with its recommendations, and the School Committee supported her, 7-0.
"This is the result we expected, unfortunately," Coughlin wrote April 12. The couples' viewpoint about Magic Tree House is expressed in this opinion piece.
Is Arlington ready for what a consultant calls "customer-friendly parking" in the Center, which they see as "broken"?
Clues to answering that came Monday, April 7, as representatives of Nelson Nygaard offered draft recommendations about Arlington Center parking to selectmen.
Here's what may be coming when a final recomendations arrive in about a month:
-- New meters for the Water Street and Russell Common lots;
-- Meters added along Mass. Ave. at locations in and near the Center;
-- Loosened restrictions on parking, including free parking, on streets neighboring Mass. Ave.; and
-- Improved signs and lighting.
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