Education

UMass To Open New Facility In Downtown Boston

July 20, 2014

University officials say those classes will serve people who work in the city and want to continue their education.

State Task Force Calls For School Shooting Drills

July 17, 2014

A state task force says every Massachusetts school should practice responding to school shootings and threats.

Superintendent Accused Of Plagiarizing Quits

July 17, 2014

Brenda Hodges who’s been accused of plagiarizing a high school graduation speech has announced that she’s stepping down

Senate Turns Down Charter School Expansion

July 16, 2014

The state Senate has rejected a bill that would have allowed for an expansion of charter schools in Boston and several other urban communities.

California Teachers Divided On Court’s Tenure Ruling

July 16, 2014
Julia Macias, a plaintiff and Los Angeles Unified School District middle school student, comments on the Vergara v. California lawsuit verdict in Los Angeles on June 10. (Damian Dovarganes/AP)

Political rhetoric on both sides of the issue risks drowning out the voice of educators, whose take is far more nuanced.

At Summit On Sexual Assault, Administrators Learn Strategies To Stop Serial Rapists

July 16, 2014

Experts told the college administrators gathered this week at Dartmouth College that it’s just a small group of people who are responsible for most attacks.

Colleges Struggle To Stop And Respond To Sexual Violence On Campus

July 15, 2014
Students rally against sexual violence at Dickinson College (nycsocialist.org)

A congressional survey has found that 40 percent of the nation’s schools have not investigated claims over the past five years.

Melinda Gates Responds To Common Core Concerns

July 15, 2014
Philanthropist Melinda Gates looks on during the annual Clinton Global Initiative (CGI) September 21, 2010 in New York City. The sixth annual meeting of the CGI gathers prominent individuals in politics, business, science, academics, religion and entertainment to discuss global issues such as climate change and the reconstruction of Haiti. The event, founded by Clinton after he left office, is held the same week as the General Assembly at the United Nations, when most world leaders are in New York City. (Photo by Mario Tama/Getty Images)

The education guidelines backed by the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation have been criticized by teachers and parent groups.

Sexual Assault Summit Opens With Questions For Federal Officials

July 15, 2014

College administrators from around the country are meeting in New Hampshire this week to review how schools respond to sexual assaults on campus.

School Officials Try Healthier Cafeteria Options

July 14, 2014

This fall, new requirements from the U.S. Department of Agriculture will alter the makeup of school meals, calling for less sodium and more fruits and vegetables. Bean burgers, peanut butter substitutes and pre-sliced vegetable packets were on the menu Monday as school lunchroom managers from around the country sampled offerings in a hunt for fare that will meet stricter health mandates – without turning off sometimes-finicky students.

FCC Approves Plan To Increase Wi-Fi Access

July 14, 2014
Students work on laptops in the library. (Enokson/Flickr)

The Federal Communications Commission has approved a $2 billion plan to increase wireless service in schools and libraries.

Dartmouth To Host Discussion On Sexual Assault

July 14, 2014

Representatives from 64 colleges and universities around the country are gathering at Dartmouth College, in Hanover, N.H., Monday morning to discuss strategies for dealing with sexual assaults on college campuses.

The Student View Of Sexual Assault On Campus

July 11, 2014
From left to right, MIT's Alex Burgess, Harvard's Langston Ward and UMass Amherst's Alex Conrad. (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

We speak with three area college students — two females and a male — about the issue.

MIT Finger Device Reads To The Blind In Real Time

July 8, 2014
A model wears a FingerReader ring at MIT's Media Lab in Cambridge. (Stephan Savoia/AP)

Scientists at MIT are developing an audio reading device to be worn on the index finger of people whose vision is impaired.

Little Library Causes Big Zoning Controversy

July 7, 2014
Spencer Collins, 9, with his Little Free Library that a neighbor complained was an eyesore and violated the town's zoning ordinances. (Sarah Collins)

The shutdown of a 9-year-old’s lending library is causing Leawood, Kansas, to reevaluate its zoning laws.

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