2019 articles

Framingham, Marlborough charter schools see surge in applications
Mar 18, 6:23 AM:

Increased parent interest in MA charter schools drives student applications and means growing number students on waiting lists.  Examples of the 60 or so charters trying to meet parents' demand, including 17 new ones. With a total >

Charter schools found lacking on learning gap
Mar 18, 6:01 AM:

Worcester school officials using selected school achievement data to argue against having charters. On one hand, school with strong test scores means they're taking the 'good' students from public schools and not helping with >

Tax credits pushed for private-school families
Mar 14, 6:48 AM:

More outcry from public school system not wanting to change status quo because they'll lose money, this time in MA because of tax credits. Catholic schools get more bang for buck when it comes to learning, but working parents have >

New charter school off to a good start
Mar 11, 6:23 AM:

MA town with dropout rate higher than state average opens charter targeted towards students who've fled traditional schools. Reveals details still being worked out though, so why not ease reader worry and showcase a similar school >

Essential shift
Mar 8, 7:06 AM:

Call for MA districts to stop whining about losing funding to charters since they've been around since 1993, boast high achievement, and get 100% of student's funding in first year of departure. That's right, funding seems to be a >

Reform in action
Mar 2, 7:06 AM:

State board approves 16 new charters, puts one failing to make satisfactory academic progress on probation. Rationale behind move would've been nice -- can only assume expansion based on demand. Sound reasoning behind opponents' >

Deft Analysis of Mass. Charters
Feb 24, 11:33 AM:

17 new charter schools given the go-ahead in cities throughout MA. Comments about building on success of charters without any substantiation of/particulars about that success. We're told the Horace Mann charter model (three new >

Extreme Makeover
Feb 24, 10:09 AM:

Under heat for failing to meet achievement standards for two consecutive years, MA school turns charter. Technology increases student engagement -- improvement attributed to flexibility and money given to achieve results. Didn't >

Mass. Ed. chief recommends 17 charter schools
Feb 18, 10:58 AM:

Education Commissioner supports opening 17 new charters in state. Given the funding crisis, info on how new schools will impact the budget is imperative. Will this save money, end up costing more or just have no net effect? >

17 new charter schools selected
Feb 18, 9:41 AM:

Ed commissioner Mitchell Chester approved creation of 17 new charter schools in MA next year. General discussion ignores any difficulties or successes specific to MA charters. Three charters would be run by districts, with >

Malloy endorses several education ideas in budget - Stamford News - The Stamford Times - Stamford's Newspaper
Feb 17, 11:04 AM:

Recap of Gov's speech and ed. reform package includes supportive responses from legislators and education officials. Needs background on past school performance and a look at similar reforms in other states.

Tight school budget not good enough
Feb 14, 5:21 PM:

Tighter budget proposal doesn't translate into savings due to falling revenue and growing expenses, like salary increases. District knows these are coming -- why unaccounted for? Rationale behind budget missing.

Durfee principal weighing foreign language entrance exams for eighth-graders
Feb 10, 1:30 PM:

A Mass. school's plan to test incoming students for proper class placement is such a reasonable idea there's only one side to report.

New ways to fund schools
Feb 10, 11:23 AM:

State Rep. Jason Lewis files bills reforming ed funding for first time in 20 years. Health, special ed and tech need special focus but entire budget will be reviewed. Article doesn't detail what reform will really mean.

Hudson selectmen concerned with school deficit
Feb 8, 10:48 AM:

An avalanche of budget numbers helps clarify how a struggling Mass. School Department is keeping its books. Still, what are the consequences of the inevitable money shortfall?

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Feb 3, 2:38 PM:

Mass. bill to penalize bullying in all its forms. Article gives the details but not the larger picture of sch. culture. Why does bullying happen in some schools rather than others? How are model states addressing the problem? >

St. Marys Primary School in Taunton offers an attractive alternative
Jan 26, 11:51 AM:

The article talks about an alternative option for students and families, and highlights the school's focus on technology. Does Mass. provide equal funding to alternative schools, though, or school choice options? 

Behind The Sound Bite: Student Achievement in Massachusetts (posted Yesterday)
Jan 18, 11:25 AM:

Each state uses it's own standardized test to measure student achievement. According to the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System (MCAS), students are achieving fairly well in the classroom.  Education Week ranked >

Charter school proponents look to expand in Dorchester, Mattapan
Dec 14, 4:51 PM:

This piece is okay as is.



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