The LPS Central Office and sign at golden hour
Sophie Culpepper / LexObserver

Hello, Lexington!

Good morning and welcome to LexObserver’s Friday News Roundup.

We hope you’re looking forward to the long weekend, and to Lexington’s Martin Luther King, Jr. Day of Service events throughout this weekend into Monday!

A note from Erin about another event to keep an eye out for next month:


​Feb. 9, 7:00 p.m.: ​​How do we foster a sense of racial and social justice in our schools and throughout our communities?“​​

PARTICIPATION REQUESTED! This is the first in a series of conversations co-sponsored by the Lexington Lyceum Advocates and the LexObserver. These community conversations will take place in an interactive format: brief remarks by experts in the field, followed by a moderator-led Q&A discussion with audience members, and culminating in break-out sessions in small groups, led by the panelists.​


Dr. Robert Bellinger, Associate Professor Emeritus of History,  Suffolk University,  Former Director of the Black Studies Program

Kerry Dunne, Ed.D. History & Social Studies Department Head, Lexington High School

Jane Hundley, Social Studies Department Head, grades 6-8, Lexington Public Schools

Mona Roy, Advocate, Education Committee of Indian Americans of Lexington, Past Chair of Lexington Human Rights Committee

Dr. Natasha Warikoo, Professor of Sociology, Tufts University; author of Race at the Top​​​

Come to talk, share, question, listen, and learn! Tickets on sale at 12:00 p.m. January 13.


Thank you for reading, and here’s this week’s news.

In this issue:

Special education, pandemic effects drive increases in proposed FY24 LPS budget

Municipal-school negotiations to address shortfall between recommended LPS budget, preliminary revenue allocation remain ongoing

This year, rapidly increasing student needs have contributed to an unusually challenging budgeting process. “It’s not raining, it’s pouring,” Hackett wrote in her budget message emphasizing the importance of adequate funding to address these needs.

Keep reading

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Nicco Mele, Sophie Culpepper, Erin Sandler-Rathe and the LexObserver Team

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