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Today: Hearing on Charter School, Occupy Somerville Meeting

Also, a launch event for "The Boston Mob Guide," and a local bank teaches financial literacy to high schoolers.

1)
A highly anticipated public hearing on the proposed Somerville Progressive Charter School takes place today from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. at the auditorium.  

2) Occupy Somerville general assembly
The Occupy Somerville movement, , is planning a "general assembly" tonight in Davis Square. The general assembly should happen around 7 p.m. Attendees may discuss Occupy Somerville's agenda and what sorts of activities the movement should participate in.

3)
Authors of the new book, The Boston Mob Guide, are holding book-launching event tonight at the . The event starts at 7 p.m.

4) Financial literacy for high schoolers
recently teamed up with Somerville High School to teach financial literacy to students, according to an email sent on behalf of the bank. As part of the CSBsmarts program, 24 students learned about budgeting, saving, managing a checking account, credit smarts and fraud smarts, the email said.

5) Weather
Today will be partly sunny, with a high around 40. Tonight has a chance of showers, with a low around 35.

Paula Woolley December 14, 2011 at 01:59 PM
Patch didn't report on this re charter, so I'm posting here: The International Parents Group at the Welcome Project, based at Somerville's Mystic Housing Development, has asked the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to postpone a decision on the proposed Somerville Progressive Charter School so that immigrant families can find out about it and make an informed decision as to whether opening this school will be good for their children. "We represent many different schools in Somerville. We are concerned about the decisions that are being made in regard to the new charter school," the parents wrote in a letter to DESE's Charter School Office. "We ask for respect and equality for all students in Somerville schools. We feel pressured to make a rapid decision about this issue. We need more information about what is happening and what the benefits are of their academic plan… "We feel that a decision needs to be delayed until the concerns of the parents who have signed this letter are clarified." The International Parents Group formed last year to ensure that the needs of immigrant families were addressed during the Unification process at the Healey School. The group now includes parents from several schools and they meet regularly at The Welcome Project. They continue to be an independent voice of immigrant parents at the Mystic Housing Development. A majority of the parents are Latino, though the group also has members from Haiti, Ethiopia, and Viet Nam.

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