Education

Obama To Give Worcester Tech Graduation Address

March 20, 2014

BOSTON — The president will speak at Worcester Technical High School — his only high school graduation speech this year.

Lawrence Reaches Tentative Teacher Deal

March 19, 2014

BOSTON — If it’s ratified, it will be the first contract the Lawrence Teachers’ Union has had in three-and-a-half years.

Mass. Ed Panel Asks For More Time On Charter Bill

March 18, 2014

BOSTON — The Education Committee, which was facing a Wednesday deadline under legislative rules for voting on the bill, instead requested an extension until next Tuesday as it worked to reach an agreement.

Students Protest Suspension Of Pro-Palestinian Group At Northeastern

March 18, 2014

BOSTON — Students for Justice in Palestine say they are being unfairly singled out. The university says the group has been suspended “for multiple violations of university policy over an extended period of time.”

Harvard Astronomer Leads Team To Discovery About Universe’s Origin

March 18, 2014

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — A team of scientists led by a Harvard astronomer say they’ve detected “gravitational waves.”

Educators Face Challenges In Ensuring Homeless Students Attend School

March 14, 2014

BOSTON — With homelessness on the rise in Massachusetts, supporting school age children experiencing homelessness is also a growing challenge. In the 2011-2012 academic year, public schools across the state identified and served more than 15,000 homeless students.

Advocates Push For Bill To Expand Mass. Charter Schools

March 12, 2014

BOSTON — A coalition backing the bill called on the Education Committee to release the bill before a legislative deadline next week.

UMass Releases Performance Measurement Report

March 12, 2014

BOSTON — The University of Massachusetts needs to make better progress forging research partnerships, investing in campus facilities and connecting with alumni and government figures, according to a performance review released Wednesday by the five-campus system’s president.

Under Receiver’s Rule, Lawrence Schools Show Early Gains

March 12, 2014
Lawrence's Arlington Middle School students walk through the main hallway on their way to class. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

More than two years after being placed under state control, Lawrence’s test scores and graduation rates are improving. So receivership seems to be working, but it’s also sparking the ire of the teachers union.

Report: Most Charged At UMass Were Not Students

March 11, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. — About half of those charged in connection with a series of pre-St. Patrick’s Day parties at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst last weekend were not students at the school.

‘No One Wants To Say The Wrong Thing’: Newton Teens Discuss Adolescent Suicide

March 10, 2014

Three young adults from Newton discuss the stresses of being a teenager today and how their community is coping in the wake of three student suicides this school year.

Rising Tuition Costs Disproportionately Hit Poorest Students

March 10, 2014
University of Washington students walk on the campus between classes in October 2012, in Seattle. (Elaine Thompson/AP)

Students in the lowest income group are seeing their costs go up by a greater amount than higher-income students.

UMass Students Head To Court After Rowdy Parties

March 10, 2014

BELCHERTOWN, Mass. — About two dozen of the more than 70 students charged in connection with a series of pre-St. Patrick’s Day parties at the University of Massachusetts in Amherst have been arraigned.

Sen. Chang-Diaz Remains Hopeful Regarding Charter School Bill

March 10, 2014

BOSTON — Legislation that would raise the number of charter schools allowed in Boston and other Massachusetts school districts is stalling on Beacon Hill.

Chancellor: Partiers ‘Brought Shame’ On UMass

March 10, 2014

AMHERST, Mass. — Campus and town police arrested more than 70 students who attended the pre-St. Patrick’s Day “Blarney Blowout” party over the weekend.

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