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Boston (Mass.). School Committee

 Organization

Historical note

In 1789, the General Court of the Colony granted authority to “trust to appoint School Committees for the control of the Schools.” In accordance with the provisions of this act, the first School Committee for Boston was chosen October 20, 1789, “to exercise all the Powers relating to the Schools and School Masters, which the Selectmen or such Committees are authorized by the Laws of this Commonwealth on the Votes of this Town to exercise.” Under the reorganized plan of 1789, the public schools of Boston were administered by a committee consisting of twenty-one members, nine selectmen and one member from each of the twelve wards. For administrative purposes, the Board of twenty-one members was divided into various sub-committees. Sub-committees included a visiting committee, a committee to fill vacancies in the teaching staff and an examining committee.

Found in 21 Collections and/or Records:

A Handbook on the Principles of American Democracy (Revised), 1948

 Item — Publications: 5
Scope and Contents Publications produced by the Boston School Department. Includes Code of Discipline, contracts, handbooks, newsletters, reports, plans, etc.

Black Voters et al. v. John McDonough et al. case files

 Collection
Identifier: 0700.012
Scope and Contents Includes the City's Law Department records concerning the class action suit brought by black registered voters against Boston's Mayor, City Council, School Committee, Election Commissioners and City Clerk challenging the at-large voting procedure for the election of members of the Boston School Committee. The court found in favor of the defendants.

Committee for Superintending the School for Mutual Instruction records

 Collection
Identifier: 0401.001
Scope and Contents note This collection consists of three series: Series I - Committee correspondence and reports; Series II - Reports on attendence and tokens; and Series III - Observation reports. Series I includes correspondence, votes, reports, and records of the business of the Committee. One significant item is a detailed description by William B. Fowle of his visit to the Free Schools in New York City. Series II includes the reports of the schoolmaster, William B. Fowle, which provided attendance statements,...

Manuals of the Public Schools of the City of Boston

 Series — Multiple Containers
Identifier: 0400.001
Scope and Contents note Manual of the Public Schools of the City of Boston is a serial publication, which includes listings of schools, school districts, school officials and employees in the School Department of the City of Boston. The collection includes manuals from 1869-1973 with gaps. The volume for 1972 is entitled “Directory of the Public Schools of the City of Boston” and the volume for 1973 is entitled “Personnel Directory of the Public Schools of the City of Boston. The collection consists of 68 volumes. The...

Members of the School Committee of the Town and City of Boston, 1942

 Item — Publications: 1
Scope and Contents Publications produced by the Boston School Department. Includes Code of Discipline, contracts, handbooks, newsletters, reports, plans, etc.

Morgan et al. v. Hennigan et al. and related cases files

 Collection
Identifier: 0700.028
Scope and Contents note This collection consists of records of the City's Law Department concerning the "School Cases" relating to desegregation in the late 1960s-1970s. The major case represented in this collection is Tallulah Morgan et al. v. James Hennigan et al. (later known as Morgan v. Kerrigan, Morgan v. McDonough, Morgan v. Sullivan, etc. due to the changes in the School Committee presidency). Also included in this collection are files of the following two cases: Boston School Committee v. Board of Education...

Organization and Administration of Junior High Schools in Boston, 1957

 Item — Publications: 6
Scope and Contents Publications produced by the Boston School Department. Includes Code of Discipline, contracts, handbooks, newsletters, reports, plans, etc.

Organization and Administration of Junior High Schools in Boston, 1963

 Item — Publications: 7
Scope and Contents Publications produced by the Boston School Department. Includes Code of Discipline, contracts, handbooks, newsletters, reports, plans, etc.

Proceedings of the School Committee

 Series
Identifier: 0405.002
Scope and Contents Includes published proceedings of School Committee meetings, 1870, 1873-May 1987; verbatim transcripts of School Committee meetings, July 1936-June 1996; and School Committee board papers, September 1915-2011.

Report of the Board of Superintendents on Survey Report made under the Auspices of the Finance Commission of the City of Boston Section I School Plant - Safety, 1945

 Item — Publications: 4
Scope and Contents Publications produced by the Boston School Department. Includes Code of Discipline, contracts, handbooks, newsletters, reports, plans, etc.

School Committee administrative records

 Collection
Identifier: 0405.003
Scope and Contents Includes subject files, reports, correspondence, orders etc. of the School Committee; task force records; records relating to superintendent searches, contracts, and evaluations; and miscellaneous photographs of members.

School Committee annual reports and documents

 Series
Identifier: 0405.001
Scope and Contents Annual reports and other documents including annual statistics, committee reports, curriculum, courses of study, etc. of the School Department. Includes School Committee annual reports, 1845-1850, 1852-1855, 1857-1963 and School Documents, 1853-1861, 1877, 1879-1905. Also includes Annals of the Primary Schools, 1818-1854; Report of Committee on Drawing, 1870-1877; Report on Accounts, 1869-1877; and budget reports.

School Department grants

 Series
Identifier: 0405.006
Scope and Contents Grants submitted by the Superintendent to the School Committee for approval.

School Department publications

 Series
Identifier: 0400.005
Scope and Contents Publications produced by the Boston School Department. Includes Code of Discipline, contracts, handbooks, newsletters, reports, plans, etc.

Voluntary Lau Compliance Plan, 1985 Revised

 Item — Publications: PB 044
Scope and Contents Publications produced by the Boston School Department. Includes Code of Discipline, contracts, handbooks, newsletters, reports, plans, etc.

Voluntary Lau Compliance Plan, 1992 Revised

 Item — Publications: PB 044
Scope and Contents Publications produced by the Boston School Department. Includes Code of Discipline, contracts, handbooks, newsletters, reports, plans, etc.