I wanted to bring to your attention the alarming rates of grade retention in our Boston schools. I believe that there are multiple reasons why our Boston students are being held back, i.e. mental health disorders, ESL, adverse acculturation, special education, truancy, to name a few. Specifically, there are quite a few schools in your district that are at the highest rates in Suffolk county, Brighton High, International School at Copley, Fenway School.
Senate Bill 214 proposes establishing a commission to examine the disparities of communities with high grade retention and the development of a policy for statewide implementation. As a fellow advocate for our school systems, I hope that you will take a look at this bill and let me know your thoughts and provide other advocates like myself of your support.
Thank you for your consideration,
Colin T. Hart