Video: Newton Public Schools forum on vaping

Vaping: The Growing Youth Health Epidemic from NewTV on Vimeo.

On Tuesday, April 2, Newton Public School Superintendent David Fleishman held a forum on the vaping epidemic among youth. The evening included a panel of speakers providing health, wellness, and prevention education on the topic of vaping. Attorney General Maura Healey provided the keynote for the event. Medical experts and NPS educators also gave information, insight, and education for families and community members.

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Overwhelming support for schools & teachers on view at public hearing

UPDATES: Boston Globe story here.

WCVB Channel 5 story here.

NBC 10 story here

NECN  story here.

Students, alumni, teachers, parents, clergy, city councilors and many others testified in opposition to citizen’s petition  promoted by Americans for Peace and Tolerance, a group that has long-complained of an anti-Israeli bias in the Newton Public Schools, at a packed public hearing at Newton South High School

Finances force Newton Schools to delay later high school start times by another year

Newton School Superintendent David Fleishman sent this letter on Oct. 3

Dear Newton Families,

On Monday night at the School Committee meeting, our team provided an update on the exploration of later start times for our high schools. Information was provided on the status of the high school schedule redesign, as well as the current financial outlook for the district.

As you may recall, in the spring of 2017, the School Committee, upon the recommendation of the district and following several months of feedback from students, staff, and community, supported moving forward with a redesign of the high school schedule. This redesign would facilitate a shift to later start times, and target end times no later than

Fleishman: ‘Our history teachers have been singled out, harassed and subjected to harsh and unfair criticism’

Newton School Superintendent David Fleishman released this letter to the school community today….

Dear Newton Community:

For the past seven years, the Newton Public Schools have been the target of outside groups claiming anti-Israel bias in our history curriculum. These baseless claims, often reliant upon materials and documents taken out of context, are misleading and only serve to denigrate the hard work and professionalism of our skilled and dedicated faculty.

In recent months, the attacks have grown increasingly and unjustly personal. Our history teachers have been singled out, harassed and

Newton Schools spend $5K to fight state order to give docs to TAB

From Wicked Local Newton

The Newton Public Schools has paid its private attorney well over $5,000 to repeatedly oppose the public release of an investigative report completed last school year on anti-Semitic incidents at F. A. Day Middle School, the TAB has learned.

The Massachusetts Secretary of State’s office has now four times ruled the district is not providing enough justification for its extensive

Superintendent David Fleishman’s contract extended until 2021

Superintendent David Fleishman’s contract extended until 2021

Superintendent David Fleishman will be staying in Newton until at least 2021, The TAB’s Laura Lovett reports.

“David has done an absolutely outstanding job leading the school system,” said School Committee Chairman Matt Hills. “He has significantly strengthened the academic program, instituted and grown Social Emotional Learning and mental health programs and all under serious financial constraints and under rapid enrollment [growth].”

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