Tahiliani scores high marks

By JOSH RESNEK

Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani’s evaluation for 2020-2021 came in with high marks, except for several highly sexist and personal ramblings made by an aid to the mayor and attributed to him which could pass as civil rights violations.

Tahiliani scored proficient in each and every indicator included in her evaluation, which covered instructional leadership, management and operations, family and community engagement, and professional culture.

The results of the evaluation indicate that Tahiliani is doing her job and doing it well, according to the statements of the school committee members who contributed their comments.

The mayor made comments, as expected, that leave open the door to doubt about Tahiliani’s performance.

The mayor, it is widely known in school circles, wants to replace Tahiliani.

He would prefer a submissive, white, male superintendent who he can control much more than Tahiliani, who he cannot control.

The mayor couldn’t control himself once he got going.

“Superintendent Tahilani has demonstrated that she is not receptive to or accepting of alternate points of view or opinions. A review of the recordings of School Committee meetings will illustrate that her posture, facial expressions, and other physical mannerisms visibly change during discussions and debates of issues,” an aid wrote for the mayor.

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Mayor now a voting member of school committee after state OK

By JOSH RESNEK

The mayor now officially has the right to sit on the Everett School Committee as a voting member following a swift and well-oiled romp through the statehouse.

Governor Charlie Baker signed the Home Rule Petition which amends the City of Everett Charter and provides for the mayor to be a voting member of the school committee.

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“I am honored to accept this responsibility,” the mayor said on his Facebook site.

And just like that, as though with the snap of a finger, the mayor has succeeded in becoming a force to deal with on the school committee.

In previous recent school committee hearings, Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani had protested against the mayor’s effort.

“I do not favor the mayor becoming a voting member of the school committee,” she told her colleagues in the School Department, and on the school committee.

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Mayor wants in on school committee

By JOSH RESNEK

The mayor’s desire to become a voting member of the School Committee hit a snag Monday night when the City Council put off a measure to move the issue into a voting phase.

What was put off will certainly come up again and soon, because that’s the way the mayor wants it – and what the mayor wants, the mayor gets.

On his Facebook page earlier this week the mayor said he was surprised the measure even came up for discussion, as if to say, “I didn’t even know about this.”

Of course, he knew about it. Of course, he instigated it. He owns the City Council. He simply had the measure attached to the voting Charter change Councilor-at-Large Wayne Matewsky has been heading.

Matewsky wants ward councilors to be voted on by the voters in the ward – not at-large.

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Partial school reopening slated for November 16

Hybrid classrooms on tap if virus stats allow it

By JOSH RESNEK

Monday night, for twenty minutes, during an Everett Public Schools on-line informational, Superintendent Priya Tahiliani said that the EPS are scheduled to go hybrid with a reopening of classroom instruction on November 16.

Tahiliani cautioned that the metrics must be weighed and measured against required state standards and that the hybrid reopening could be dashed by a drastic change in statistics regarding the effects and extent of the COVID-19 spread in the city.

“In the meantime,” she said, “we’ve developed a comfortable rhythm” despite all the obstacles placed upon the public schools by the exigencies of the virus.

During a 20-minute Superintendent’s Report that was produced by her office, she made the point that “despite all odds” and with “everyone’s working together” that education was advancing in Everett despite the virus.

The EPS is monitoring daily and weekly figures to know what might be possible when November 16 rolls around. With three weeks left to go, it is anyone’s bet what might occur when the 16th arrives.

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Everett Public Schools in disarray

Staff Report

Crazy and unprecedented happenings littered today’s end of year department meeting at Everett High School. Principal Erick Naumann has called a full staff meeting for Wednesday at 10AM to address sweeping budget cuts to come.

Superintendent Priya Tahiliani is making good on her promise to save teacher-to-student instruction. And teachers are saying this is the most massive budget cutting of administrators they have ever seen.

The emphasis was on making sure as many certified classroom teachers were retained in anticipation of DESE Covid-19 regulations in the fall.

The mandate calls for class sizes of 10 or less. This is a huge issue in Everett schools as classes are routinely 30-35 students. So now, instead of one teacher per 30 students, it willhave to be three teachers per 10 students.

It has become, as one department head stated, an “All hands on deck” situation with certified teachers. The sweeping changes also requires all EPS staff (outside of one building principal, one vice principal and a skeleton crew of clerical /secretary type) have a teaching certificate in some content area and will be teaching a full course load.  This includes all coaches, all substitute teachers, etc. Here’s a list of the cuts: