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Zoom isn’t perfect, but educators are learning how to make it work
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Jul 2, 6:54 AM: Ask educators if Zoom can completely recreate the classroom experience and many likely will say it can’t. But they also say use of the platform is improving to where calling it “the next best thing” is meant as a positive statement, >
Editorial: The Massachusetts Teachers Association tries to exploit a crisis
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Jun 29, 8:46 AM: The union has issued a long list of directives it says should be preconditions if teachers are to return to school in the fall, including getting rid of the MCAS for good.
Editorial: Roxbury Prep’s future offers a chance for healing
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Jun 25, 7:04 AM: This tuition-free public charter school educates some 1,500 students in grades 6 through 12 — some 97 percent of them Black and Latinx. In this most problematic of school years, Prep just graduated a class of 96, all of whom have >
2,000 Educators Received Layoff Notices, Mass. Teachers Union Says
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Jun 24, 7:57 AM: In 47 school districts where staff are represented by the Massachusetts Teachers Association, layoff and non-renewal notices were sent recently to more than 2,000 teachers and education support professionals, the union announced >
Massachusetts parent group pushes Charlie Baker to get students back to school this fall
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Jun 22, 8:23 AM: A parent group worried about worsening achievement gaps and increasing psychological strain on children forced out of schools by the coronavirus pandemic is pushing Gov. Charlie Baker and state education officials to bring students >
Extra year of high school effort takes root
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Jun 22, 7:29 AM: As uncertainty looms over the reopening of universities, a new program is offering Boston’s graduating seniors a critical extra year of preparation before they dive in fully to college.
White students more likely to finish college than Black, Latino peers, study finds
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Jun 19, 6:07 AM: Even when Black and Latino graduates from Massachusetts public high schools have similar MCAS scores as their white peers, they are less likely to earn college degrees and make as much money, according to a report released Thursday >
With Layoffs Mounting, Educators Protest Sweeping Public Education Cuts
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Jun 16, 6:40 AM: The Massachusetts Teachers Association (MTA) says hundreds of educators, across more than 50 school districts, have been pink slipped – they fear hundreds more are at risk.
In Lawrence, Shift To Remote Learning Could Deepen Existing Inequalities
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Jun 15, 8:02 AM: They say the pain will be felt most in some of the state’s poorest communities, like Lawrence, which is also one of the cities hardest hit by the pandemic.
Editorial: Help struggling parochial schools
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Jun 12, 8:56 AM: Lost in that discussion is the potentially disastrous impact the coronavirus will have on parochial and other private schools, which educate a significant number of the commonwealth’s students.
Letter: Charter network’s success and support of its students should be noted
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Jun 9, 7:55 AM: I am writing to address some misperceptions regarding Democracy Prep and its schools (“Site of Vt. college may become a new kind of campus,” Metro, May 30). While we wish Seth Andrew well in his Degrees of Freedom higher-education >
Unions Invite Public to Participate in ‘Teach In: Defending Our Public Schools,’ Thursday, Online
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Jun 9, 7:36 AM:

A coalition of educator unions is having an online “teach-in” Thursday to “fight against budget cuts, to defend the Student Opportunity Act and to support our public schools.

In unprecedented times, teachers brace for layoffs
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Jun 9, 5:58 AM: Public school teachers and staff across Massachusetts are bracing for the most extensive school layoffs the state has seen in years as districts begin handing out pink slips to reduce costs in the face of possible deep budget >
Boston schools superintendent weighs options for reopening in September
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Jun 3, 6:12 AM: Cassellius said that could range from a full reopening to a hybrid model that would involve half days, staggering student schedules or alternating days to allow for social distancing in school facilities.
Sabis International Charter School celebrates seniors
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May 29, 7:19 AM: Baker said everyone at the school from teachers to facilities staff came together to coordinate the senior celebration. The school’s main entrance and sidewalk were decorated with signs and balloons and music blared from several >
In a virtual world, Charter School stays the course
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May 28, 7:01 AM: While students have had to stay at home, and teachers have had to adapt to virtual classrooms, the Martha’s Vineyard Public Charter School continues to offer some of its “truly Charter” programs, according to Director Pete Steedman, >
Teachers seek to boost engagement with remote learning
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May 27, 7:23 AM: Vargas is contending with challenges that educators across the city are facing: engaging students through remote learning, locating students who aren’t showing up, translating lesson plans designed for in-person 50-minute classes >
Worcester teachers union raps superintendent over remote learning, plans protest
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May 20, 7:28 AM: Upset over Superintendent Maureen Binienda’s handling of the district’s remote learning amid the ongoing pandemic, the city teachers union on Tuesday afternoon said it planned on staging a protest Thursday.
Editorial: How well is remote learning working in Boston schools? We don’t really know.
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May 18, 6:56 AM: We need more granular data to hold the district accountable in the face of a crisis that will have a profound impact on the city’s most vulnerable children.
Opinion: Online learning a lifeline for students during COVID-19
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May 14, 6:19 AM: Even before COVID-19 struck, online schooling was on the rise. Across the U.S, 2.7 million K-12 students had an online schooling experience in 2019, up from 1.5 million in 2009. But Massachusetts hasn’t been at the forefront of that >

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