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Massive Financial Infusion Needed for Rural Schools, Mass. Panel Finds
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Jul 13, 7:09 AM: Commissioners said the Massachusetts Legislature should launch and "fully fund" a new account to reimburse rural schools for the costs of school transportation and create incentives for hiring more drivers, among other possible >
Jill Biden to headline teachers union convention
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Jul 12, 8:32 AM: First lady Jill Biden will headline the American Federation of Teachers Convention in Boston on Friday, marking the convention’s first in-person gathering since 2018.
How have Massachusetts school districts spent their $2.5 billion in federal COVID funds? Mostly, they still haven’t.
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Jul 11, 7:34 AM: With just over two years remaining to use that money, Massachusetts districts have spent about $737 million, or 28.6 percent, according to state data on reimbursed spending as of June 7.
Boston Public Schools moves forward in finding a new leader. Meet the two finalists
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Jun 22, 8:33 AM:

Dr. Tommy Welch, Region 1 school superintendent (K-12), Boston Public Schools, and Mary Skipper, superintendent of Somerville Public Schools, were announced as finalists for the position of BPS superintendent Tuesday.

How Vocational-Technical Schools Are Helping Students Achieve the American Dream
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Jun 9, 7:34 AM: The Pioneer Institute is out with a new book, “Hands-On Achievement: Massachusetts’s National Model Vocational-Technical Schools,” which finds that vocational-technical high schools have lower dropout rates and on-par test scores >
Foxboro charter school grad focuses on seizing each day, helping to empower others
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Jun 9, 7:14 AM: Tayla Alfred has learned a lot in her career at the charter school in Foxboro. At least one of those lessons has been that not all maladies are visible.
Fueled by Collaboration, Charter School Students Look to Future
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May 31, 8:37 AM: Recently, the senior class gathered at Owen Park for the traditional end-of-year luncheon to reflect on their experience and celebrate next steps.
Pulling back the curtain on Boston’s new exam school admission process
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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
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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 before the >
Southwick school budget rises 3.32% though enrollment continues to slide
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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
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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
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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 Tuesday >
When it comes to making facility decisions, Boston keeps students, families, and staff in limbo
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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 the >
Study recommends state receivership for Boston Public Schools
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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
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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 adults >
Federal audit slams local districts and Mass. education department’s oversight of emergency aid
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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 basically >
Editorial: Extend school year to counter learning loss
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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 deficits >
Livestreaming class is an advantage not available to all Mass. students
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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 are closed. >
This proposed charter school promised free college credits. Why did they drop their plans?
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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 over the >
Boston, teachers union strike agreement over vaccine mandate
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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 loggerheads >

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