Education

State needs to help with college funding

State needs to help with college funding

Resentment and anger building on campuses

YOU CAN OFTEN FIND ME and a few students at a table in the basement of the Northern Essex Community College Library while we discuss various issues that face our classmates. We are the Student Senate, and every week we sit around the same table to ponder strategy. Recently we reviewed the 2018 budget situation(...)

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Mass. educator named National Teacher of the Year

Mass. educator named National Teacher of the Year

Dorchester charter school humanities instructor wins top teaching award

SYDNEY CHAFFEE, a 9th grade humanities teacher at a Dorchester charter school, is not just a good teacher, she is, by at least one measure, the best one in the country. Chaffee was named National Teacher of the Year on Thursday, the first time a Massachusetts educator has won the award in the 65 years(...)

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UMass Amherst investing in innovation

UMass Amherst investing in innovation

More than $100m goes for institute, venture fund, faculty

THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST, the flagship campus of the state’s university system, is diving into the innovation economy with a splash they hope will ripple out far beyond the campus, boosting the region’s economic development for decades to come. The university has invested heavily in the initiative in recent years. Well over $100 million(...)

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School funding fix needed

School funding fix needed

State failing its constitutional obligation to public education

PUBLIC SCHOOLS TODAY find themselves under a microscope and pulled by competing forces like never before. Education is a system in flux as it strives to institute necessary change in order to effectively meet the demands of today’s students and society. Change never comes without cost, be that time, money, resources, or personnel. These elements(...)

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Incoming UMass Boston chief says budget process ‘broken’

Incoming UMass Boston chief says budget process ‘broken’

Mills says campus faces hard choices; Motley says he leaves with no regrets

BARRY MILLS, who is slated to take the reins as interim chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, painted a dire picture of finances and operations at the campus, saying the budget process is broken and that tough choices lie ahead for the school. Mills spoke at meeting of the UMass board of trustees where(...)

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Voc-tech tension

Voc-tech tension

Massachusetts vocational schools are a big success story, but are they shutting out those who might need them most?

Photographs by Mark Ostow KELSEY CLARK, A SENIOR at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, is showing a visitor work from her graphic design portfolio. There is a pointillism-style poster she drew for assignment to promote a rock concert (she says it left her practically drawing dots in her sleep). A brightly colored(...)

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Esports: More than a game

Esports: More than a game

Big bucks online competition now gaining academia's interest

FOR MOST PEOPLE over the age of 30, playing video games is perceived as a waste of time, a solitary, non-social activity that serves to melt one’s brain. Yet as a 20-year old who has been playing video games for about 15 years (and whose brain is still intact), I believe that perception is way(...)

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In the Berkshires, a school crisis – and opportunity

In the Berkshires, a school crisis – and opportunity

With population declining, providing quality education means making hard choices

IF NECESSITY IS the mother of invention, we are busy in the Berkshires figuring out new approaches to school challenges we are facing. Berkshire County has seen a decline of more than 20 percent in school district enrollment since 2000, with another 10 percent-plus decline anticipated over the next decade. This has gone hand in(...)

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We need debt-free college in MA

We need debt-free college in MA

Higher education is contributing to income inequality

SPRING IS UPON US – and across Massachusetts, tens of thousands of students are preparing to graduate and collect their diplomas. In too many cases, the excitement of a new chapter is burdened by the anxiety of student loan debt. In Boston alone, the average student loan recipient carries over $43,000 in debt. That’s 44(...)

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