Education

How The Boston Busing Decision Still Affects City Schools 40 Years Later

June 20, 2014
Demonstrators carrying signs gather the night of Oct. 5, 1974 outside the home of U.S. District Judge W. Arthur Garrity protesting the forced busing of Boston's schoolchildren. (AP)

Forty years ago Saturday, Judge W. Arthur Garrity ordered that Boston students be bused to desegregate schools — a decision that ignited a firestorm of controversy and violence. But some say busing wasn’t enough help a broken school system.

UMass Freezes Tuition, Fees For Undergrads

June 18, 2014

Officials said it was the first time in UMass history that tuition and fees have not gone up for two consecutive academmic years.

College Alumni Push Back On Campus Sexual Assault Policies

June 12, 2014
Male students at Ramapo College walk in women's shoes for a march against violence against women in 2008.  (Mike Derer/AP)

A network of alumni across the country is calling on colleges and universities to strengthen their efforts to prevent and address sex assault allegations.

Ex-Times Editor Jill Abramson To Teach At Harvard

June 12, 2014

Recently ousted New York Times’ editor Jill Abramson will join Harvard University next academic year to teach undergraduate courses on narrative nonfiction.

Obama Delivers Commencement Address At Worcester Tech

June 12, 2014

The president praised the high school as a model for the rest of the country.

Video: President Obama Addresses Worcester Tech Grads

June 11, 2014

President Obama gave Worcester Technical High School’s commencement address on Wednesday.

Obama Delivers Commencement Address At Worcester Tech

June 11, 2014
President Barack Obama waves before boarding Air Force One on Wednesday, June 11 before traveling to Worcester, Mass. to deliver a commencement address. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Worcester Tech was one of the lowest performing schools in the state but has made an impressive turnaround.

Autistic Young Adults Train In The Movie Business

June 11, 2014
Director John Martin works with autistic adults on set. (Rebecca Wilbanks)

As a “great wave” of children with autism grows up, a new program in Michigan is aimed at giving them the skills they need to get a job.

UMass Panel Backs Freeze On Tuition, Fees

June 11, 2014

The unanimous vote likely paves the way for a second consecutive year without tuition increases for most undergrads at the Amherst, Boston, Dartmouth and Lowell campuses.

Senate Republicans Block Sen. Warren’s Student Loan Bill

June 11, 2014

The bill would have let millions of borrowers, some with years-old debt and interest rates topping 7 percent or more, refinance at today’s lower rates.

President Obama Salutes Worcester Tech’s Remarkable Turnaround

June 11, 2014
President Obama talks to Worcester Technical High School class valedictorian Naomi Desilets, left, prior to delivering the commencement address. At right, student body president Reginald Sarpong. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

In a speech at Worcester Technical High School’s commencement ceremony, Obama praised students and teachers alike for giving more than just “lip service” to the idea of skills-based education.

Police: Gunman Kills Student In School Shooting

June 10, 2014

At a high school in Troutdale, Oregon, near Portland, authorities say one student and the gunman are dead.

The White House Takes To Tumblr

June 10, 2014
President Barack Obama speaks about the Affordable Care Act, Thursday, Sept. 26, 2013, at Prince George's Community College in Largo, Md. The president is promoting the benefits of his health care law before new insurance exchanges open for business next week. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

President Obama will focus on higher education and how to reduce student loan debt in the conversation.

More Schools Opt For ‘Positive Discipline’ Instead Of Suspensions

June 10, 2014
O’Shay Turner, a fourth grader at Floyd Elementary School in Sacramento, Calif., likes the check-in/check-out system at his school. The system is part of the school's positive discipline approach. He was on the system last year, but this year hasn't needed it. (Michelle Blanton)

The premise of “positive discipline” is fairly simple: when kids act up, they get more face time with educators, not less.

Obama Endorses Sen. Warren’s Student Loan Refinancing Bill

June 9, 2014
President Obama signed an executive order Monday that aims to reduce the burden of student loan debt. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP)

Congress is expected to vote on the legislation later this week, though it’s unlikely the bill will gain enough support to pass the Republican-dominated House.

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