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South End News, September 7, 2006

Boston Schools Post-Payzant

This South End News article discusses interim superintendent Michael Contompasis“ vision for the BPS including his thoughts on the bright future of the Hurley School.

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The Boston Courant, June 17, 2006

Parents Get High Marks at Hurley

At some schools, parents are relegated to bakes sales and chaperoning field trips, but at the Hurley Elementary School they are helping to transform an aging schoolhouse into a state-of-the-art facility.

Thanks to a group of parents, the students of the kindergarten through fifth grade school will walk into a library for the first time next fall. Parents spruced up a former classroom and converted the space into a haven for books and reading.

In addition to pointing the walls, moms and dads convinced Ikea Furniture to equip the library with $10,000 in tables, chairs...

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The Boston Globe, July 26, 2004

Parents Get Early Start on Aiding School

In a school system where some principals struggle to involve parents of children they already enroll, the com mitment of parents with no current ties to a school is an unusual find. They represent the droves of young, middle-class families in the city who often uproot themselves for schools in the suburbs as soon as their children reach kindergarten. The coalition of Hurley parents, or rather, future Hurley parents, comprises people whom Mayor Thomas M. Menino has spoken wistfully about wanting to keep. Few big-city school systems, including Boston, have had much luck maintaining a large...

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The Boston Globe, November 23, 2003

Bringing Schools Back into the Public Domain

Richard Hall, a longtime South End resident, is talking about a question common to many middle- and upper-income parents across the country but one particularly vexing for those living in Boston.

“Do I dare send my child to a public school?” asked Hall, the owner of an out-of-print online bookstore, one recent morning.

Over the last 10 years, the South End has experienced a mini-baby boom caused by an influx of professional and affluent couples. Now, a group of those parents has taken on the responsibility of promoting one of the neighborhood’s public...

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The Boston Courant, October 6, 2003

Parents Give Hurley School High Marks

The first day of school can be a nerve-wracking time not only for students, but for parents who question what school their children should attend and the quality of education they will receive.

A growing group of South End parents are finding their answer in the Hurley School, the Worcester Street elementary school for kindergarten through the fifth grade. The only remaining problem, according to some, is to convince other local parents of the school’s merits to help reverse its declining enrollment.

“If this school were on Beacon Hill they’d be beating...

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South End News, March 6, 2003

Hurley Elementary: The Good School We Don't Know We Have

There’s a sea change taking place in neighborhoods like the South End and Back Bay. For the first time since busing, families with other educational options seem interested in enrolling their kids in the Boston Schools. This reverses three decades of disinterest and abandonment by such families. If South Enders could adopt a neighborhood school of their own, it would give this community a focus it currently lacks.

Walk down Tremont or Columbus, and you’ll see young parents pushing strollers. Our neighborhood is in the midst of a baby boom. These parents have big...

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