The apparent preservation of the Community Academy for another year is good news. But BPS should not be proposing the drastic options of school closures and moves at this point anyway.
Such conversations should wait for new Superintendent Tommy Chang to take office and execute his vision. And it should wait for a solid, predictable plan for public input and review that we hope will be forthcoming.
BPS budgeting via surprise closure plans and dramatic proposals bordering on scare tactics—such as busing Community Academy kids someplace 45 minutes outside of town—smack of the bad old days.
JP has seen enough rushed, opaque decision-making on public schools. Mayor Martin Walsh is building an administrative approach involving more transparency and input. We can wait a bit longer for an overall better way of making these decisions.