2019 articles

This proposed charter school promised free college credits. Why did they drop their plans?
Feb 14, 9:55 AM: Opponents of the proposed Innovators Charter School are declaring victory after the group behind the new school announced they would withdraw their application for state approval, following months of organizing and debate >
Boston, teachers union strike agreement over vaccine mandate
Feb 11, 10:24 AM: The city and the Boston Teachers Union have come to an agreement to add some flexibility to the employee vaccine mandate in a big step for the Wu administration — though the city and its public-safety unions remain at >
Innovators Charter School withdraws application for Fall River or New Bedford site
Feb 9, 9:35 AM: "Over the past months and weeks, it has become increasingly clear that political complexities on the ground will make it very difficult for us to successfully launch our early college charter public school on the south >
Boston Hit With Covid ADA Accommodation Suit by Teachers Union
Feb 8, 8:58 AM: Boston Public Schools system routinely ignores or otherwise denies disability-based accommodation requests by teachers, school nurses, psychologists and other employees with underlying health conditions that place them at >
Opinion: Student voices should matter in the decision to approve Innovators Charter School
Feb 3, 9:50 AM: In the discussion of whether to approve the proposed new Innovators Charter School to serve the youth of New Bedford and Fall River, there is one major voice missing: the voice of students. We’re here to fill that void in >
Boston Study Offers Latest Evidence that Charter Schools Boost Voting
Feb 2, 9:51 AM: Charter schools in Boston, considered some of the strongest in the country, improve voter participation as well as academic outcomes like standardized test scores, according to a recently released study. The effects are >
Mostly educators of color could face termination due to vaccine mandate, Boston Teachers Union says
Jan 27, 6:42 AM: Boston Public Schools, already struggling to build a workforce that reflects the diversity of its students, could lose dozens of educators of color when the city’s new employee vaccine mandate takes effect Monday, >
Parents ask: Where's the $400 million that was promised for Boston schools?
Jan 26, 9:16 AM: Boston schools have struggled with soaring infection rates, absenteeism and staff burnout as the district approaches year three of the pandemic this spring. The difficult situation has many parents wondering what happened >
Column: Charter would add, not subtract, from public education on the SouthCoast
Jan 26, 6:21 AM: The proposal for the SouthCoast Innovators Charter School deserves strong community support. I can state unequivocally, given my years of experience serving as Mayor of Fall River, and my understanding of municipal finance >
Tensions rise as Mass. changes school COVID measures for ‘current state of pandemic’
Jan 19, 9:05 AM: A vocal contingent of experts say the time has come for schools to prioritize pre-pandemic routines over arduous measures to contain an illness that has, so far, caused few children serious symptoms. And schools have begun >
Opinion: Boston Public Schools should go into receivership
Jan 18, 8:53 AM: It would be hard to design a school system that has more poorly served Black and brown students than BPS.
'Our kids deserve this building': Alma del Mar opens its new Frederick Douglass campus
Jan 11, 9:35 AM: Scholars and teachers at Alma del Mar Charter School kicked off 2022 by finally moving into the new Frederick Douglass campus on Davis Street.
‘Safety Should be an Option': Boston Student Petitions to Bring Back Remote Learning
Jan 11, 8:46 AM: William Hu, a senior at Boston Latin School, is calling for the governor to make remote learning an option for schools as COVID cases surge once again
COVID-19 surge exposes Mass. educational inequities in livestreaming classes
Jan 10, 9:22 AM: This may explain why just 39 of nearly 50,000 Boston public school students are enrolled in livestreaming even as COVID-19 cases surge. And that underscores the persistent inequities in education depending on where a child >
Michelle Wu calls for more flexibility for remote learning amid coronavirus surge
Jan 10, 9:08 AM: Mayor Michelle Wu made the rounds on Sunday morning television shows where she pressed the state for more flexibility around remote instruction in schools and defended her heightened vaccination policies as cases — fueled >
Michelle Wu suggests state’s ban on remote learning — even due to staffing shortages — is too rigid
Jan 6, 7:47 AM:

Boston Mayor Michelle Wu suggested Wednesday that she’s hoping for more flexibility from Gov. Charlie Baker’s administration when it comes to allowing temporary remote learning at schools dealing with staffing shortages >

Local Charter Public School “Levels Up” Its Academic Program
Jan 5, 7:33 AM: In 2018, the Phoenix Charter Academy Network implemented Competency Based Learning, a model that uncouples student progress from the calendar year. In this model, students don’t wait until the end of the year to finish >
As cases surge, administrators and officials look to keep schools open for in-person learning
Jan 4, 6:48 AM: As the highly contagious Omicron variant ricochets around Massachusetts, some students, parents, and teachers worry whether schools can reopen — and stay open — after the holiday break, as the state has ordered them to >
State education officials reject call by teachers union to keep schools closed Monday after COVID testing kits arrive late
Jan 3, 6:14 AM: Massachusetts officials on Friday rebuffed calls by the state’s largest teachers union for schools to remain closed Monday, following a snag in the state’s plan to provide COVID-19 rapid-test kits to educators before >
Students showcase musical talents at Holyoke charter school
Dec 23, 7:41 AM: A multicultural celebration took place at a local charter school Wednesday night, with a guest appearance from a Holyoke Councilor At Large elect.



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