- This Western Massachusetts town has a high teacher retention rate; Superintendent credits culture of support
- Sep 17, 8:37 AM: A formula of culture and climate in the Lee Public Schools, as well as proximity to the Massachusetts Turnpike, has helped the district maintain a high staff retention rate, in the eyes of Superintendent Michael Richard.
- Up to two years of free college credits? How this proposed charter school aims to do it
- > Sep 17, 8:34 AM: A group of local business leaders and educators have proposed a new regional charter school serving low-income, at-risk students in the Fall River and New Bedford area — one that is designed to provide up to two years of free
- Editorial: Schools must meet students mental health needs
- Sep 17, 8:28 AM: As they return to the classroom, youths urgently need access to mental health providers and counselors.
- Massachusetts teachers unions blast Charlie Baker over refusal on statewide teacher vaccine mandate
- > Sep 16, 9:28 AM: The two largest teachers unions are blasting Gov. Charlie Baker over the state’s lack of a uniform vaccine policy at schools, saying he is “abdicating his responsibility” by leaving students and teachers unprotected against
- Gov’s remote learning ban sparks concern
- > Sep 16, 9:27 AM: Because Gov. Charlie Baker has mandated in-person learning for all school districts, effectively banning remote instruction, students who remain home for health reasons, who are quarantined because of close contact with someone
- Some unvaccinated kids kept out of the classroom
- > Sep 15, 9:47 AM: They are caught between the need to avoid COVID and the equivalent need to get back in the classroom. But for now, some Massachusetts kids are missing school because they are at high risk of developing severe illness from a virus
- Archdiocese of Boston continues to see increased interest in enrollment, adds more than 1,300 new st
- Sep 15, 9:44 AM: The Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Boston lost more than 5,000 students the summer after the pandemic started. After the dramatic drop in July 2020, officials were looking at the possibility of having to close 24 of its schools.
- Campbell, Janey feud over charter schools
- > Sep 15, 9:29 AM: In the lead up to the preliminary municipal elections, a political action committee supporting acting Mayor Kim Janey released an ad attacking City Councilor Andrea Campbell as they vie for spots in the general municipal election in
- Charlie Baker activates National Guard to aid school transportation amid bus driver shortages
- Sep 14, 10:21 AM: Gov. Charlie Baker is calling in the troops to drive students to school in some Massachusetts cities and towns amid widespread bus driver shortages.
- Springfield Public Schools add permanent virtual school
- > Sep 14, 10:17 AM: By the start of the school year, it was at capacity with 500 students and about 60 teachers. The students are all from the Springfield Public School district and teachers are a mix of teachers that were previously in the district
- Charter schools have briefly returned to the spotlight in the Boston mayoral race. Here’s why
- Sep 13, 10:50 AM: How did support for charter schools — a polarizing issue in the last open race for mayor — surface as a high-profile topic in the current contest, even taking up air time in the final debate of the preliminary race?
- High Number Of Quarantined Students Raises Concerns About Remote Learning
- Sep 10, 11:40 AM: A large number of students being required to quarantine at the STEM Academy has the Sandwich School Committee questioning if the district is providing an adequate education to those students.
- Attack Ad Revives Charter Schools As Political Issue In Boston’s Mayoral Race
- > Sep 8, 3:23 PM: Voters state-wide put a pause on charter school expansion, but the issue is making a veiled appearance in Boston's mayor's race. City Councilor Andrea Campbell, defended herself Tuesday against the race's first decisively negative
- Boston Parents Demand More Remote Learning Options
- Sep 8, 3:13 PM: A group of Boston parents on Tuesday held a virtual rally to protest the school district’s lack of remote learning options the school year that starts on September 9.
- Boston school bus drivers union calls for postponing in-person classes as parents worry about delay
- > Sep 8, 2:55 PM: Boston parents are growing worried that the start of the school year on Thursday will quickly turn chaotic because of a shortage of bus drivers and monitors, with the union for drivers even urging officials to postpone in-person
- Editorial: Approach virtual schooling with care
- > Sep 7, 3:51 PM: But we shouldn’t forget the lessons of the last year and a half. Distance schooling can lead to real problems. In-person schooling should remain the norm, and any exceptions must be rare, carefully considered, and rigorously
- For Boston mayoral candidates, fixing the school system is personal
- Aug 30, 2:12 PM: The Boston public school system has stumped numerous mayors, who have failed through the years to provide students with everything they need to succeed.
- Opinion: John Barros has a vision for Madison Park school
- > Aug 17, 4:51 PM: If the city’s only vocational high school is going to have a chance at tackling its seeming intractability and become the gem it should be, Madison Park must be independent of the Boston Public Schools. It’s a reorganization that
- Mass. leaders hope this school year will be back to normal — with no remote learning. Is that
- Aug 17, 4:14 PM: Massachusetts state leaders want this school year to be as normal as possible: all children in school buildings every day, optional masking policies left up to local communities, and absolutely no remote learning.
- Is It Time To Go Back To An Elected School Committee In Boston?
- > Aug 17, 4:13 PM: For 30 years, Boston's mayor has wielded the power to appoint every member of the city's school committee. That power, unique in the state, was supposed to make the district run more smoothly and accountably by removing the