Education

Report: Fewer Mass. Public Schools Earn Top Rating

September 29, 2014

The number of Massachusetts public schools securing the top ranking under the state’s rating system has dropped significantly.

For-Profit Schools Sue State Over New Regulations

September 27, 2014

An association representing for-profit schools is suing Attorney General Martha Coakley over new regulations they say are unconstitutional. Coakley says the regulations will help protect students by requiring schools to disclose in ads information about tuition and fees, placement statistics and graduation rates.

Brandeis Case Reveals Complexity Of Disciplining Students For Sexual Assault

September 26, 2014
Brandeis University, seen here in a 2010 file photo, is one of dozens of schools under investigation for its handling of a sexual assault case. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

A federal investigation of Brandeis University for its handling of a sexual assault case reveals how hard it is for universities to handle claims.

Coakley Pledges $225M In New Student Aid

September 25, 2014

Democratic gubernatorial candidate Martha Coakley campaigned Thursday with U.S. Sen. Elizabeth Warren around the idea of making college more affordable, shifting her focus on the trail from early education to higher education.

At Wesleyan, A Mixed Reaction To Move To Co-Ed Frats

September 25, 2014
The Psi Upsilon house at Wesleyan is seen this week. A student who says she was raped at a party at the house is suing the fraternity. (Fred Thys/WBUR)

As Wesleyan University moves to end its all-male fraternities and make residential fraternities co-ed, reactions on campus to the changes are mixed.

Wesleyan Orders Fraternities To Go Co-Ed

September 22, 2014

Wesleyan University announced Monday it will require its all-male residential fraternities to begin accepting women within three years because residential fraternities “must change to continue to benefit their members and the larger community.”

TEC Connections Academy: The State’s Newest Virtual Public School

September 22, 2014

Dr. Tyler Page, the lead administrator at the new TEC Connections Academy based in East Walpole, joined WBUR’s Morning Edition.

How’d Your District Do On The 2014 MCAS?

September 19, 2014

Find how your district scored with our sortable table.

88 Percent Pass MCAS, But Achievement Gaps Remain

September 19, 2014

State education officials say 88 percent of high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year, and that while achievement gaps persist statewide, they are narrowing.

Report Faults Town, UMass For ‘Blarney Blowout’ Party Problems

September 19, 2014

Dozens of people, including many students, were arrested and four police officers suffered minor injuries when alcohol-fueled pre-St. Patrick’s Day celebrations got out of control.

No More MCAS? Boston Considers New Test For Grades 3-8

September 16, 2014

Boston may be moving away from using MCAS exams to assess students in grades 3-8 in favor of a new computer-based test.

Brandeis President Addresses Federal Investigation Into Handling Of Assaults

September 16, 2014

In a statement, Fred Lawrence says sexual misconduct at the university “poses a singular threat to our most deeply held values.”

Officials At Madison Park Say Class Schedules Finally Set

September 15, 2014

Interim BPS Superintendent John McDonough says at this point there should only be individualized issues, which will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis.

Report: Many Mass. Vocational Schools Have Waiting Lists, Study Says

September 15, 2014

At a time when well-paying jobs are going unfilled for lack of skilled labor. a study has found that many vocational and technical high schools in Massachusetts have long waiting lists for students seeking admission.

Madison Park High School Headmaster Resigns; School Dept. Says Student Schedules Now Set

September 14, 2014
Madison Park High School students protested Tuesday morning. (Delores Handy/WBUR)

After seven days of chaos during which students walked out to protest not having class assignments, the headmaster of Madison Park Technical Vocation High School is out of a job.

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