Newton Public Schools

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Newton Public Schools
Location
100 Walnut Street,
Newton, MA 02460

United States
District information
Type Public
GradesK–12
SuperintendentDavid A. Fleishman [1]
Schools22
Budget$240,496,480 total
$18,778 per pupil
(2016) [2]
Students and staff
Students12,674 [3]
Teachers1,013 [4]
Student-teacher ratio12.4 to 1 [4]
Other information
Average
SAT scores
622 verbal
636 math
1258 total (2017–2018) [5]
Website Newton Public Schools

Newton Public Schools is a school district in Newton, Massachusetts, United States. The district features four middle schools that lead into two high schools.

A school district is a special-purpose district that operates local public primary and secondary schools in various nations.

Newton, Massachusetts City in Massachusetts, United States

Newton is a suburban city in Middlesex County, Massachusetts, United States. It is approximately 7 miles (11 km) west of downtown Boston and is bordered by Boston's Brighton and West Roxbury neighborhoods to the east and south, respectively, and by the suburb of Brookline to the east, the suburbs of Watertown and Waltham to the north, and Weston, Wellesley and Needham to the west. Rather than having a single city center, Newton resembles a patchwork of thirteen villages. According to the 2010 U.S. Census, the population of Newton was 85,146, making it the eleventh largest city in the state.

Massachusetts State in the northeastern United States

Massachusetts, officially the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, is the most populous state in the New England region of the northeastern United States. It borders on the Atlantic Ocean to the east, the states of Connecticut and Rhode Island to the south, New Hampshire and Vermont to the north, and New York to the west. The state is named after the Massachusett tribe, which once inhabited the east side of the area, and is one of the original thirteen states. The capital of Massachusetts is Boston, which is also the most populous city in New England. Over 80% of the population of Massachusetts lives in the Greater Boston metropolitan area, a region influential upon American history, academia, and industry. Originally dependent on agriculture, fishing and trade, Massachusetts was transformed into a manufacturing center during the Industrial Revolution. During the 20th century, Massachusetts's economy shifted from manufacturing to services. Modern Massachusetts is a global leader in biotechnology, engineering, higher education, finance, and maritime trade.

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Schools

The Newton Public Schools are organized into an elementary school (K–5), middle school (6–8), and high school (9–12) arrangement. There was a projected enrollment of 11,237 students for FY06.

LevelNumber of schoolsStudent avg.Student: teacher goal [6]
Elementary1533327:1
Middle463317:1
High21,85816.1:1

Primary schools

Middle schools

High schools

Controversies

Textbook controversy

In October 2011, a controversy occurred over the content of a textbook used in World History classes which contained content that was allegedly anti-Semitic. [7] The textbook was later removed from the curriculum. [8]

Superintendent plagiarism

In July 2014, The Lion's Roar, the student newspaper of Newton South High School, accused Superintendent David Fleishman of using parts of a speech by Governor Deval Patrick without credit. The accusations were levied by two members of the class of 2014. After admitting that he had failed to cite the governor, the Newton School Committee fined Fleishman one week's pay of his $250,000 salary. [9]

Violations of Massachusetts' Open Meeting Law

On December 19, 2014 the Massachusetts Attorney General found that the Newton Public Schools and School Committee Chair Matthew Hills had committed eight violations of the state's Open Meeting Law in June and July 2014. [10] The violations occurred in connection with the plagiarism by Newton Superintendent David Fleishman. No sanctions were imposed on Hills other than reviewing the law.

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  2. "Per Pupil Expenditures, All Funds". mass.edu. Retrieved 11 April 2018.
  3. "Enrollment Data (2013-14) - Newton (02070000)". mass.edu. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  4. 1 2 "Teacher Data (2013-14) - Newton (02070000)". mass.edu. Retrieved 30 November 2015.
  5. "2017-18 SAT Performance Statewide Report". mass.edu. September 20, 2018. Retrieved December 6, 2018.
  6. The pupil-teacher ratio goals were established by the School Committee of the Newton Public Schools.
  7. "Parent: Newton South Material Defames Israeli Forces". Newton Tab. October 7, 2011.
  8. "School Committee in 60 Seconds". Newton Tab. November 15, 2011. Archived from the original on October 27, 2013.
  9. "Newton Schools Chief Fined for Use of Patrick's Words". Boston Globe. July 24, 2014.
  10. "AG Rules School Committee Violated Open Meeting Laws". Newton Tab. December 23, 2014.