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Education hearing expected to draw hundreds to Statehouse on Friday
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Mar 22, 6:26 AM: Hundreds of teachers, parents, students and advocates are expected to come to the Statehouse on Friday to testify on a slate of bills that would update the state’s public education funding formula.
New Bedford School Committee approves MOU with Alma, 5-2
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Mar 22, 4:53 AM: The New Bedford School Committee Thursday night voted 5-2 to approve the memorandum of understanding between the city public schools and Alma del Mar Charter School as presented.
Opinion: Let’s test promising achievement-gap closing strategies
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Mar 21, 6:07 AM: Despite the important changes in education since 1993, our focus on school improvement has not done enough to address the persistent achievement and opportunity gaps. For low-income students, students of color, and English language >
Vo-tech schools seek to reduce wait lists
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Mar 20, 6:53 AM: Thousands of students applied for seats in vocational schools last year only to be turned away because there wasn't room. Education and economic development advocates are putting pressure on Beacon Hill to expand opportunities for >
MTA: Deal between New Bedford, Alma del Mar raises legal questions
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Mar 20, 6:24 AM: A Boston law firm sent a letter on behalf of the Massachusetts Teachers Association to Mayor Jon Mitchell and members of the School Committee, alleging legal issues with the proposed neighborhood charter school.
Gov. Charlie Baker files bill to expand Springfield’s ‘empowerment zone’ model for schools statewide
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Mar 19, 5:16 AM: Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday filed legislation to expand Springfield’s “empowerment zone” model for education statewide. Gov. Charlie Baker on Monday filed legislation to expand Springfield’s “empowerment zone” model for education >
Commentary: Bold education reforms needed to move Mass. forward
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Mar 18, 6:55 AM: Reforms should encourage an emphasis on creating career pathways in the schools and promote both college and career routes. Currently, high school success rates are measured heavily by college admissions, leading to curricula that >
New parent group to launch in Boston
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Mar 18, 5:37 AM: More than a dozen Boston families plan to launch a nonprofit Monday that aims to provide unbiased information about school issues across the city, at a time when debate over educational policy has become increasingly divisive.
New Bedford, Alma del Mar sign MOU
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Mar 14, 6:20 AM: City and Alma del Mar charter school officials have signed the memorandum of understanding, but it will have to go before the New Bedford School Committee and Alma Board Board of Trustees.
Advocacy group report claims Lawrence schools outperforming Boston’s
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Mar 14, 5:30 AM: The “tale of two cities,” penned by the Massachusetts chapter of Education Reform Now Advocacy, hails the dramatic turnaround in Lawrence under the Mill City’s former state-appointed receiver Jeff Riley.
Commentary: It’s Time For BPS To Overhaul Exam-Schools Admissions
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Mar 13, 5:47 AM: Boston’s most elite high schools fail to represent the diversity of our city. Across our neighborhoods, public schools are becoming more and more segregated, reflecting levels of racial isolation and racial imbalance not seen since >
Editorial: The case for (and against) online colleges
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Mar 6, 7:43 AM: The University of Massachusetts is formulating a plan to create an “online college” for adult students. This will address student needs but is really designed to ease the pressure on the institutions, who are competing for a >
University of Massachusetts President Introduces Plan for New Online College
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Mar 6, 7:42 AM: The President of the University of Massachusetts school system, Marty Meehan, gave his annual "State of the University" address yesterday at the UMass Club on Beacon Hill. The speech focused on the new plan to create an online >
Graduation and dropout rates show mixed results in Central Mass.
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Mar 6, 6:10 AM: While there were some success stories in the region’s suburbs – and its largest city – graduation rates last year were slightly down overall across the region, especially in the districts that were already struggling to hand >
Rural schools struggle with falling enrollments
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Mar 1, 8:12 AM: As lawmakers prepare to debate a major overhaul to how the state funds public education, school leaders from rural parts of Massachusetts want to ensure reforms address the unique challenges their districts face.
Study urges curriculum shift to aid Boston students’ success in college
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Mar 1, 7:01 AM: For more than a decade, Boston has resisted requiring a set of courses prescribed by the state aimed at ensuring college success, with some reluctant school officials worried that a more rigorous curriculum could hurt high school >
New Bedford, Alma del Mar get two-week extension
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Feb 27, 7:56 AM: New Bedford Public Schools and Alma del Mar will have two more weeks to finalize a memorandum of understanding, according to a Department of Elementary and Secondary Education spokeswoman.
To fix public education funding, ‘we have to pay for it,’ says new Senate education chair
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Feb 25, 7:25 AM: Fresh off his appointment as the new Senate Education Committee chairman, Jason Lewis of Winchester indicated that he wants to go bigger and perhaps bolder than Governor Charlie Baker when it comes to overhauling the state’s >
Rural MA school district struggles with declining enrollment
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Feb 21, 6:35 AM: The Pioneer Valley Regional School District, which spans four Franklin County towns along the borders of Vermont and New Hampshire, has seen its enrollment drop by 288 students over the past decade, with state aid falling in >
Peyser: Reliable charter aid would fix state's 'broken promise'
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Feb 20, 8:28 AM: Nine years ago, as part of a broader education funding reform package, state lawmakers boosted the amount of money and the period of time that school districts are reimbursed for charter school tuition payments, citing the need to >

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