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Boston Public Schools Reviews

Updated 15 August 2014
Updated 15 August 2014
19 Reviews
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  1.  

    Giving Back and Getting Slammed

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    Former Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Boston Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Benefits are very good, as was the salary structure when I was hired. Boston is a great place to be involved directly in the issues of inner city teaching. Colleagues are usually supportive.

    Cons

    Management can be capricious, and the politics and bureaucracy are simply brutal. Students in general have been poorly taught for so long that it's nearly impossible to impart passion to them. The hours are miserable - out-of-class workload is devastating.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Opportunities to attend conferences in my content area would have been greatly appreciated.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Negative Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  2.  

    Wonderful experience, challenging and dynamic

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    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Teacher in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (more than 3 years)

    Pros

    Opportunity to work with amazing youth in need of excellent support. I also loved collaborating with families and the many 3rd part organizations that work with BPS.

    Cons

    There is a lot of red tape in BPS especially when it comes to trying to launch new initiatives. This was the most difficult aspect of teaching in BPS for me.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
  3.  

    Teacher

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    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools

    Pros

    Salary, benefits, vacations, opportunity to grow with workshops and course offerings

    Cons

    Difficult populations, constant changes in curriculum etc

    Recommends
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  5.  

    Has Issues, but Above Many Urban Districts

    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School
    Current Employee - Teacher, Elementary School

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    If you find a school that has a vision aligned with your beliefs and a strong leadership team, this can be an amazing place to work.
    * High salaries in comparison to other districts
    * Many types of schools to choose from
    * Amazing kids
    * (Interim) Superintendent McDonough has been making some great shifts in the district culture and policies

    Cons

    * Despite higher salaries, you still have to buy supplies for your own classroom if you want new/quality materials
    * Many children have experienced hardship and need more support and less reactive discipline
    * Can be disorganized or ineffective/inefficient communication between the district and schools
    * Some (though it's getting better because of timely evaluations) tenured teachers are not effective

    Recommends
  6.  

    Tough at times, but great place to learn

    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee
    Current Employee - Anonymous Employee

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools

    Pros

    Boston is a large district so there are many other OTs to learn from. There is also good professional development on a monthly basis. Pay rate is higher than other school districts (but I think we have to work harder too.)

    Cons

    As an OT, you have to work many more hours than you are paid for and must pay for many things out of pocket. Some of the students have overwhelming needs and there is not the budget to provide the services they deserve...so it can be depressing.

  7.  

    battling with bureaucracy

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Project Manager in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools part-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Relatively flexible hours during the low seasons

    Cons

    There are many people who are not working with passion. Very pessimistic.

    Doesn't Recommend
    Neutral Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  8.  

    Long-term Substitute

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    • Senior Management
    • Culture & Values
    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Anonymous Employee in Boston, MA (US)

    I worked at Boston Public Schools full-time (less than an year)

    Pros

    Kids were nice. The pay was good for a sub position.

    Cons

    Facilities were old and generally in poor condition.

    Recommends
    Positive Outlook
    No opinion of CEO
  9.  

    Six years

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    • Career Opportunities
    Current Employee - Program Director in Dorchester, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Program Director in Dorchester, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools full-time (more than 5 years)

    Pros

    Pros are Holiday and Summer breaks

    Cons

    Cons are Class size and resources

    No opinion of CEO
  10.  

    Chaotic and you never know what else is going to be thrown on your plate.

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    • Career Opportunities
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dorchester, MA (US)
    Former Employee - Teacher in Dorchester, MA (US)

    I worked at Boston Public Schools full-time (more than an year)

    Pros

    Pay is better than anywhere else in the state.

    Cons

    If you don't live in the city, public transportation is not practical, parking is not available, then you will find yourself driving in circles trying to find parking during the winter months.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    Try one thing at a time, my year working there, 3 different curriculum were tried. Teaching is about ability to takes tests, we all know that, but at least try a program to its end before telling teachers midway to change once again.

    Recommends
    Neutral Outlook
    Approves of CEO
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    It is a great learning experience!

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    • Senior Management
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    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA (US)
    Current Employee - Intern in Boston, MA (US)

    I have been working at Boston Public Schools

    Pros

    I love working here because I get valuable teaching experience while continuing to learn more about effective practices and interventions for struggling students.

    Cons

    Sometimes I am asked to complete the "unwanted" tasks of the teachers such as making copies and completing bulletin boards. Although a huge part of teaching, I would prefer to do this before or after the school day, and not during.

    Advice to ManagementAdvice

    I love how we are supported by the special ed. coordinator.

    Recommends
    No opinion of CEO

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