Education

Somerville Schools To Remain Closed All Week

February 11, 2015
Near Davis Square in Somerville Tuesday, crews worked to remove snow from city streets. (Josh Reynolds/AP)

The city of Somerville is keeping schools and several municipal buildings closed due to concerns about the possibility of roof collapses.

Roxbury Residents Fight Planned Dearborn Middle School Demolition

February 9, 2015
The Dearborn School in Roxbury. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

A major battle is coming to a head over the fate of a century-old Boston Public School Building that most recently housed the Dearborn Middle School in Roxbury. It’s scheduled for demolition to make way for the first new school built in the city in more than a decade.

How Dartmouth’s President Is Trying To Cut The Rising Cost Of College

February 3, 2015
College president Philip Hanlon teaches a class at Dartmouth. (Courtesy of Eli Burakian via Dartmouth)

Dartmouth, like most schools, keeps adding new programs but doesn’t eliminate old ones. It’s a target for Dartmouth’s president, Philip Hanlon.

Patriots Fans Celebrate Raucously, But Peacefully

February 1, 2015
Fans celebrate the Patriots win on Brookline Ave. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Boston police said on their official Twitter account that there were no arrests, adding: “Way to make your team & city proud.”

Boston Schools Closing Monday Ahead Of Snowstorm

February 1, 2015

Mayor Martin Walsh also announced Sunday that snow emergency will take effect at 6 a.m. Monday.

Dartmouth College Bans Hard Liquor

January 29, 2015
College president Philip Hanlon teaches a class at Dartmouth. (Courtesy of Eli Burakian via Dartmouth)

The move comes as part of the college’s effort to control binge drinking, and with it other behaviors, such as sexual assault.

UMass Bars Dorm Guests During Super Bowl

January 29, 2015

University officials say the measures are based on recommendations in a 65-page report released in September on how the school can better handle large-scale gatherings.

Brown University Sanctions Fraternities For Parties

January 19, 2015

Brown University has sanctioned two fraternities for holding unregistered parties last fall, including one where two students reported drinking alcoholic punch laced with a date-rape drug.

UMass Amherst Ends Student Drug Informant Program

January 15, 2015

The chancellor of the University of Massachusetts-Amherst says he is immediately ending a program that allowed campus police to use students as drug informants.

Boston Teachers Union Votes In Favor Of Extending School Day For K-8 Students

January 15, 2015
Boston Teachers Union President Richard Stutman speaks at a meeting Wednesday, during which the union voted in favor of extending the school day for students in grades K-8 not currently in schools with such programs. (Delores Handy/WBUR)

The Boston Teachers Union approved a plan to add 40 minutes to the school day for all elementary and middle schools that don’t already have extended day programs.

Military Children Serve Too

January 14, 2015
Connor looks at photos of his father, Michael Deal, who committed suicide at age 33. (Andrew Katz-Moses)

Kavitha Cardoza of WAMU brings us the story of a Maryland child whose family has been forever changed by suicide.

Boston School Committee’s Newest Member Is An Advocate For Children With Disabilities

January 14, 2015
Regina Robinson is the newest member of the Boston School Committee. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

Regina Robinson, dean of students at Cambridge College, is the newest member of the Boston School Committee. She explains how she her life changed after discovering her son, who is enrolled in a public school in the city, has Down’s Syndrome.

Ex-Gov. Patrick Signs On As Visiting Fellow At MIT

January 13, 2015
Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick completes the traditional "lone walk" down the stairs in front of the State House Wednesday. (Steven Senne/AP)

The role will include appearances at seminars and other campus events, and Patrick will have office hours at the school, though he will not be teaching classes.

UMass, Amazon Reach Deal To Sell Students Textbooks

January 13, 2015

Students at the University of Massachusetts-Amherst are expected to save hundreds of dollars a year by buying textbooks from online retailing giant Amazon under a deal announced Tuesday.

Obama Pushes Plan For Free Community College

January 12, 2015
President Barack Obama at Pellissippi State Community College in Knoxville, Tennessee on January 9, 2015.

Slate’s Jordan Weissman discusses reaction to the president’s plan, whether it’s needed and what it might cost.

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