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School official hit over donations to charter school advocacy group
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Sep 21, 5:05 AM: When Paul Sagan, chairman of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education, faced calls for his resignation last September after it was revealed that he had donated $100,000 to a ballot campaign pushing the expansion of >
Lawmaker wants new measure of school success
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Sep 21, 4:56 AM: Some lawmakers are pushing to change how the state ranks and holds schools accountable for student performance, arguing that the current system harms poor communities with large numbers of English language learners and homeless kids >
Teacher unions want charter supporter axed
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Sep 20, 4:59 AM: The Massachusetts Teachers Association and other pro-public school groups are calling for Gov. Charlie Baker to fire Paul Sagan as chairman of the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education because he made a half-a-million >
Democrats hope to use charter school campaign against Baker
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Sep 18, 5:53 AM: Democrats looking for a political toehold in their campaign to unseat Republican Gov. Charlie Baker in next year’s election have seized on the revelation that Baker’s education chairman made a previously unacknowledged donation >
26 Boston schools at risk of being declared ‘underperforming’
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Sep 18, 5:29 AM: More than two dozen schools in Boston with low standardized test scores are at risk of being declared “underperforming” by the state, an action that can lead to the removal of principals and teachers, according to a School >
Charter school lands in controversy again — this time over music
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Sep 15, 6:23 AM: More than 850 names have been added to an online petition calling on Mystic Valley’s leaders to reverse the decision and allow music to once again fire up the players and get the crowd dancing at practices, warm-ups, and >
Charter school expansion opposed by Amherst schools
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Sep 14, 5:41 AM: The School Committee has unanimously approved a warrant article to submit to Town Meeting opposing the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School’s proposed expansion.
Alma del Mar students to take courses at New Bedford High
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Sep 13, 5:59 AM: Alma del Mar Charter School students will be allowed to attend the dual enrollment program at New Bedford High School this year, but only as a pilot program that could end at the close of the school year unless the New Bedford >
Democrat Jay Gonzalez calls for probe into governor, charters
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Sep 13, 5:38 AM: Democratic gubernatorial candidate Jay Gonzalez on Tuesday called for an investigation into Governor Charlie Baker’s ties to a pro-charter-school New York group that this week incurred the largest fine in state campaign history for >
Pro-charter school group pays state’s largest campaign finance penalty
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Sep 12, 5:01 AM: A wealthy New York organization that poured $15 million into last year’s unsuccessful ballot question to expand charter schools in Massachusetts was hit Monday with the largest fine in state campaign history after officials found >
Springfield school officials face off with state teachers unions over empowerment zone bill
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Sep 6, 5:13 AM: The Baker administration and a group of lawmakers and Springfield educators say the "empowerment zone" model should be a tool that all struggling schools can access. But the state's teachers unions disagree, arguing that an >
Foxborough Regional Charter School opens new elementary building
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Sep 5, 6:25 AM: Foxborough Regional Charter School kicked off its 20th year with the opening of a new elementary school building. A symbolic ribbon cutting ceremony was held Aug. 29 with local and state officials, community partners, the school’s >
Chinese immersion charter school, again seeking expansion, remains dogged by critics
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Sep 5, 6:17 AM: A small Hadley charter school that produces consistently high student test scores and is ranked by the state as a top-tier school remains dogged by criticisms that could thwart its ongoing effort to expand.
Most Boston charter schools reject performance-based pay for teachers
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Sep 5, 5:03 AM: At a time when many policy makers and education advocates are pushing performance-based pay plans as a way to motivate teachers to do more for their students, almost all of Boston’s 16 independent charter schools, including Codman, >
Construction won’t crimp return at Foxboro Charter
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Aug 31, 6:29 AM: For everything that is changing at Foxborough Regional Charter School, much will be staying the same when students return to school there next Tuesday.
Charter advocates seek alliance with former adversaries
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Aug 29, 6:09 AM: The Fair Share Amendment, a ballot initiative that would generate public education funding directed both to charter and district schools, likely will appear on the 2018 ballot. Now leaders of organizations funded by charter school >
KIPP gets a jump on school year
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Aug 28, 5:59 AM: While many schools won’t see students return until after Labor Day, Knowledge Is Power Program (KIPP) charter school students attended summer sessions and programs throughout July, and 1,884 KIPP students returned to the classroom >
Foxboro pushing state on charter tuition reimbursement
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Aug 24, 5:57 AM: The town is lending its support to the City of Lowell’s efforts to get 100-percent reimbursement of its charter school assessment from the state, and will be pursuing a similar course of action itself.
Mohawk studies why kids leave district
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Aug 22, 5:11 AM: This summer, a Mohawk Trail Regional School District subcommittee met with fourth, fifth and sixth-grade Mohawk District elementary teachers to find out why students leave the district, why others school-choice in, and what the >
School choice initiative drains $ from hard-hit districts, critics say
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Aug 21, 4:30 AM: But quietly, the state’s interdistrict school choice program has grated on some public school officials, who feel a program meant to give families the freedom to choose their child’s education has instead contributed to the widening >

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