Education

Many School Districts Choose PARCC Over MCAS Test

October 25, 2014

54 percent of school districts have opted to administer the English and mathematics PARCC exams to students in grades 3-8 next year, instead of the MCAS exams. This was the first time school systems were given the choice of which test to administer in grades 3-8.

Judge: UMass Rape Defendants Can Be Tried Together

October 24, 2014

A judge has ruled that four men charged with raping a University of Massachusetts student in her Amherst dorm room two years ago can be tried together, but with one major restriction.

Dorchester’s Mather School Celebrates Its 375th Anniversary

October 22, 2014
A sculpture of a cake in honor of the Mather School's 375th anniversary. (Delores Handy/WBUR)

Founded in 1639, the Mather was the first public elementary school in the U.S.

N.H. College: Arrests, Injuries During Pumpkin Fest

October 19, 2014

Huge crowds including Keene State College students and visitors to an annual pumpkin festival in New Hampshire became unruly Saturday, leading to injuries and arrests.

Brockton, Fitchburg Charter School Applicants Seek State Waiver

October 17, 2014

The proposed schools initially were cleared to submit final applications but were later told they could not because of a state law that required the school districts they are applying in to be in the lowest 10 percentile of MCAS scores statewide.

Harvard Law Professors Say School’s Sex Assault Policies Are Unfairly Weighted Against Accused

October 15, 2014
Harvard and its law school are among the six Massachusetts schools undergoing a federal sexual assault probe. Amherst College, Boston University, Emerson College and UMass Amherst made the list of 55 colleges and universities currently under scrutiny. (Chitose Suzuki/AP/File)

A group of Harvard law school professors say the school’s new policies for handling sexual assault are out of balance badly and are calling for changes.

Coakley, Baker Criticize Charter School Decision

October 14, 2014

Both Democrat Martha Coakley and Republican Charlie Baker called on the state Board of Education to reverse a ruling that all but eliminated Commonwealth charter school applicants in Brockton and Fitchburg.

Mass., R.I. Get No Child Left Behind Extensions

October 10, 2014

Massachusetts and Rhode Island are among six states that have been granted a one-year extension for certain provisions of the No Child Left behind Act because the states have already implemented education reforms that go beyond the law’s requirements.

UMass President Caret Launches Statewide Bus Tour

October 7, 2014

President Robert Caret is highlighting the impact and contributions of the five-campus system on the state.

Sex Crime Reports Up 40 Percent At New England Colleges

October 6, 2014

Experts attribute the increase to heightened awareness of the problem and more victims coming forward.

Apology Follows Threat To Hundreds At Harvard

October 5, 2014

Hundreds of students and other people affiliated with Harvard University who got an email containing death threats have received a second message with an apology that apparently came from the same email account.

Harvard Death Threat Email Does Not Appear Credible

October 4, 2014

Harvard University police are stepping up their presence on campus after hundreds of students and those affiliated with the university received an emailed death threat on Friday.

Former American Gaming Association CEO Joins Harvard Institute Of Politics

October 3, 2014
A placard protesting a proposed gambling casino at an unpaved parking lot at Gillette Stadium in Foxborough, Mass. (AP)

With the repeal of the state’s casino law on the ballot this November, Massachusetts is ground zero in the push to expand — or stop — the spread of legalized gambling.

41 Seek Boston Schools Superintendent Job

October 3, 2014

The search committee charged with finding a new Boston school superintendent says 41 individuals have either completed or initiated an application for the job.

Retired Milton High Guidance Counselor Faces Larceny Charges

October 3, 2014

A retired Milton High School guidance counselor has been charged with stealing about $30,000 in fees paid by students for advanced placement tests.

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