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Boston mayor’s toughest test: reinventing high schools

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh (left) is engaging the public, corporations and universities on ideas for nontraditional classroom environments. (Benjamin Franklin Institute of Technology)

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh has his homework cut out as he seeks to reinvent the city’s high schools. Andrew Ryan reports for the Boston Globe that the mayor wants input from the public, corporations, academia and others on this challenging assignment.

“My hope is that it’s something pretty radical,” Turahn Dorsey, Boston’s chief of education, tells the Globe. Under the planned makeover, the city would serve as a “classroom,” he emphasizes. Boston is home to leading universities, hospitals, tech companies and Fortune 500 businesses such as Gillette. Students would tap these resources by spending up to 70 percent of their time in nontraditional learning environments such as job training programs.

A website has been launched for the initiative and a design competition will feature cash prizes. Four public meetings are being held with parents, students and educators on ways to reimagine Boston’s three dozen high schools, the article says. The city hopes to begin making changes to its high schools in 2016.

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