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Updated Jul 09, 2014

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3.6 18 reviews

86% Approve of the CEO

Boston Public Schools Superintendent Carol R Johnson

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85% of employees recommend this company to a friend
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    Wonderful experience, challenging and dynamic

    Teacher (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsOpportunity 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.

    ConsThere 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

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

    ConsDifficult populations, constant changes in curriculum etc

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

     

    Has Issues, but Above Many Urban Districts

    Teacher, Elementary School (Current Employee)

    ProsIf 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

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Tough at times, but great place to learn

    Anonymous Employee (Current Employee)

    ProsBoston 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.)

    ConsAs 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.

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    battling with bureaucracy

    Project Manager (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsRelatively flexible hours during the low seasons

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

    No, I would not recommend this company to a friend

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    Long-term Substitute

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Boston, MA (US)

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

    ConsFacilities were old and generally in poor condition.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend – I'm optimistic about the outlook for this company

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    Six years

    Program Director (Current Employee) Dorchester, MA (US)

    ProsPros are Holiday and Summer breaks

    ConsCons are Class size and resources

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

    Teacher (Former Employee) Dorchester, MA (US)

    ProsPay is better than anywhere else in the state.

    ConsIf 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 Senior ManagementTry 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.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    It is a great learning experience!

    Intern (Current Employee) Boston, MA (US)

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

    ConsSometimes 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 Senior ManagementI love how we are supported by the special ed. coordinator.

    Yes, I would recommend this company to a friend

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    Never a dull moment.

    Anonymous Employee (Former Employee) Boston, MA (US)

    ProsThe best reason is paid vacation. No other job will give you as much paid time off and vacation time like jobs at a school.

    ConsThere is really no growth in this industry or expanding your career. Some faculty members are beyond what you would call rude.

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