2010 articles

Pulling back the curtain on Boston’s new exam school admission process
Mar 28, 6:47 AM: The new admission process for Boston’s exam schools is off to a rocky start, marked by last-minute recruitment of students and a potential two-month delay in admission decisions.
Mayor Wu urges state education board against Boston Public Schools takeover
Mar 23, 5:40 AM: Just four months into her term, Mayor Michelle Wu found herself Tuesday launching a defense against a possible state takeover of Boston Public Schools, becoming the first sitting Boston mayor in recent memory to speak >
Southwick school budget rises 3.32% though enrollment continues to slide
Mar 18, 5:55 AM: The required minimum local contributions for the fiscal 2023 budget of the Southwick-Tolland-Granville Regional School District are increasing significantly this year after a rare decrease last year.
Column: The only way to fix Boston schools once and for all
Mar 18, 5:33 AM: A new superintendent is coming, again. But nothing would change the schools as dramatically as a lawsuit that gets city and suburban kids in the same classrooms.
Mass. Schools Have $2 Billion In Unspent Federal Aid
Mar 16, 9:31 AM: Of roughly $2.6 billion in federal pandemic relief money that has been set aside for Massachusetts school districts, only about $431 million has been "claimed" and spent by school systems, a figure that Sen. Jason Lewis on >
When it comes to making facility decisions, Boston keeps students, families, and staff in limbo
Mar 15, 9:21 AM: Their plight, according to many parents, teachers, and education advocates, exemplifies a troubling reality across Boston Public Schools: Top officials through the years have made many promises about facilities, but often >
Study recommends state receivership for Boston Public Schools
Mar 8, 9:00 AM: The state is being urged by the Pioneer Institute to appoint a receiver to take over leadership of Boston Public Schools due to the district’s “chronically low-performing schools.
Unions drive Boston’s roster of $100K+ teacher salaries
Mar 7, 8:06 AM: The high wages of teachers in Boston, where nearly 3,000 are paid six-figure salaries, reflects the strength of their union and suggests that a district plagued by “chronic underperformance” may be more geared toward the >
Federal audit slams local districts and Mass. education department’s oversight of emergency aid
Mar 1, 9:11 AM: But now a recently completed federal audit is raising questions about misspending and is blaming the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, which administered the federal program locally, for >
Editorial: Extend school year to counter learning loss
Feb 22, 10:18 AM: After another wave of school closures due to COVID-19, reaching the end of the academic year without further disruptions must be an overriding priority. Yet even if that modest goal is met, America’s youth face learning >
Livestreaming class is an advantage not available to all Mass. students
Feb 15, 9:19 AM: As simple as it sounds, livestreaming is not a universal option for students in Massachusetts or across the nation. In New York City, public schools offer remote learning on snow days and other emergencies when buildings >
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 >



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