For over 50 years, the Intensive Studies Program (ISP) has been an educational option for students in need of advanced learning in the Cambridge Public Schools. In mid-November, 2011, 7th and 8th graders in the ISP organized two rallies to save the program, whose future is in question due to changes being made to Cambridge’s middle school grades, as part of Superintendent Jeff Young’s Innovation Agenda.
The kids organized the rallies on their own, although parents and others came out to support them. The students collected a total of over 1,100 signatures over the course of two nights, first in Harvard Square on 11/7, and then in front of City Hall and in Central Square on 11/11. And on 11/15 the students presented the petitions to members of the administration and School Committee, and spoke publicly about their concerns about the future of the ISP.
The rallies got coverage in the Cambridge Chronicle, the Cambridge Day, and the online Boston Globe:
Kudos and congrats to the ISP students on enacting the principles of social justice they learn about at school!!