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Chinese charter school plans to pursue expansion despite latest state setback
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Mar 30, 6:02 AM: Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School officials are not giving up even though the state education board has turned down their expansion request for the second time. The school wants to add 452 slots for students >
Can top charters truly ‘replicate’? In Boston, yes — elsewhere, it’s not so clear
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Mar 29, 5:12 AM: Excel Academy in Boston started as a single charter school in 2003. Nine years later, its leaders created a second school in the city, bringing their philosophy and some original staff members to the offshoot. >
State denies Western Mass. school’s expansion request
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Mar 28, 5:55 AM: State education officials once again shot down a small Hadley charter school’s expansion plan on Tuesday, declining to vote on the Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion Charter School’s petition to nearly double its >
Losing students and money to Sturbridge charter school, Southbridge asks for legislative aid
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Mar 27, 4:07 AM: Old Sturbridge Academy Charter Public School at Old Sturbridge Village opened in August with a student body including 68 children from Southbridge, which loses about $14,000 per student lost to the charter school. >
Sen. Jim Welch: Massachusetts ed commissioner to make decision any day on charter school
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Mar 21, 6:38 AM: Wulfson will make his decision based on public safety factors and whether a new charter school will have a "dramatic impact on enrollment for the community," said Welch, who noted Immaculate Conception's proximity to Route >
Education debate pivots on approaches to funding, innovation
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Mar 20, 5:34 AM: Madeloni alleged that by supporting innovation partnership zones and failing to fully reimburse districts that lose funding to charter schools, Baker "follows the lead of his party's president, Donald Trump, and his >
Vocational programs growing at Attleboro High
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Mar 14, 6:05 AM: Criminal justice, early education, medical, and plumbing all have the maximum students allowed, Ann Montagano, director of career and technical education, told the school committee Monday night.
2 new middle schools to open in existing buildings in Holyoke
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Mar 8, 8:06 AM: Such a change has been sought for several years by parents and others in the community who want settings more suitable to middle-school-age students. That's hard to do in a K-to-8 building with such younger and older >
Local students get new charter option
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Mar 8, 8:03 AM: Phoenix Academy, the privately managed public school that has served at-risk students in Lawrence since 2012, will be replaced in September by an independent charter school that will report to its own board of directors – >
For charter schools, recently it’s been bad news galore
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Mar 8, 7:33 AM: For charter schools across the state, the news has been relentlessly bad in recent months: A Western Massachusetts principal fired after a drug arrest. A Dorchester school placed on probation amid allegations of financial >
Report: Declining enrollments hit Mass. rural school districts hard
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Mar 2, 6:59 AM: Rural school districts are struggling financially in the face of declining enrollments, according to a new report by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education.
Pressure building on rural schools
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Mar 1, 6:46 AM: Rural school districts across Massachusetts are at particular risk amid rising costs, flat state aid and declining student enrollment — an environment that may force them to regionalize and share services to survive, >
School turnaround bill advances
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Mar 1, 6:07 AM: Days after the Question 2 ballot initiative backing charter school expansion went down by a decisive 62-38 margin in 2016, charter proponents including Gov. Charlie Baker cited the Springfield Empowerment Zone as the next >
Taunton has one of highest urban graduation rates in state
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Feb 28, 6:33 AM: Improvements over the years included the expansion of career technical educational opportunities and the establishment of the Taunton Alternative High School in 2013 to address the needs of sophomores, juniors and seniors >
Dorchester charter school placed on probation
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Feb 28, 6:02 AM: The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education placed a Dorchester charter school on probation Tuesday amid two state investigations into potential financial mismanagement.
No on innovation school for Silver Hill
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Feb 27, 7:24 AM: For the second time in less than a year, teachers at Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School overwhelmingly rejected the notion of pursuing an innovation school.
New Haverhill High class tries to lure girls to computer programming
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Feb 22, 6:22 AM: To help meet the demand for local jobs in the high tech and health care industries, Haverhill High is adding computer programming to the school's growing list of vocational programs.
Dorchester charter school faces probation amid state probes into financial mismanagement
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Feb 22, 6:19 AM: A state education official is recommending probation for a Dorchester charter school due to declining academic performance and alleged financial mismanagement, including what appears to be an improper payout of unused sick >
Education commissioner to recommend opening new regional charter school in Lawrence
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Feb 22, 5:32 AM: Phoenix Charter Academy Network — which also operates charters in Chelsea and Springfield — aims to serve students who are at risk of dropping out of school or who previously dropped out of school. >
Department of Education hits the brakes on Lynn charter school expansion
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Feb 21, 7:04 AM: The Department of Education has put a hold on the proposed expansion of KIPP Academy Charter School and the plans for a second charter school in the city.

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