Education

Acknowledging the everyday trauma in students’ lives

Acknowledging the everyday trauma in students’ lives

We focus on high-profile events but ignore daily reality in low-income neighborhoods

HIGH-PROFILE ACTS of violence in schools have, rightly, received our attention – and the headlines. However, there is a deeper story: pervasive trauma experienced by too many inner-city youth, often deemed routine, which is ultimately ignored. There is a disproportionate response by the media, policymakers, and the public after a school shooting. While Parkland and(...)

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The high cost of smoking

The high cost of smoking

Celebratory cigars end in athletic suspension for seven graduating seniors

Smoke ‘em if you got ‘em is a timeworn phrase not heard much these days. Tobacco use has fallen out of style for the most part. But one time-honored tradition that has held on is the ritual lighting of cigars in celebratory times. Babies, bachelor parties, Boston Celtic victories, and the like always resulted in(...)

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Pioneer: UMass has a spending problem

Pioneer: UMass has a spending problem

University calls report ‘highly misleading,” says bottom line positive

THE PIONEER INSTITUTE continued its war of words with the University of Massachusetts on Monday, asserting that the five-campus system’s complaints about inadequate state funding are just not true. UMass in the past has pointed to declining state funding as the explanation for its steadily increasing student fees. A week ago, in response to a(...)

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SJC charter school ruling a wake-up call

SJC charter school ruling a wake-up call

Court denies individual right to quality education   

LAST MONTH, the Supreme Judicial Court dismissed a challenge to the Commonwealth’s charter school cap, ruling that the education clause of the Massachusetts Constitution does not provide students a right to attend public charter schools. Arguing that Massachusetts’s cap on charter schools violated their right to a quality education, plaintiffs who had unsuccessfully entered charter(...)

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Charter ruling a step backwards

Charter ruling a step backwards

Court seems increasingly reluctant to remedy educational inequities

THESE WOULD BE the best of times for Boston public charter schools were education policy decisions driven by evidence. Boston’s charters are nationwide models and uniquely successful at closing pernicious achievement gaps. But in education politics, where “momentum” is too often the benchmark, charter skeptics are crowing about the loss of a ballot initiative to expand school(...)

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At UMass Amherst, admission easier for out-of-state applicants

At UMass Amherst, admission easier for out-of-state applicants

Report says aggressive recruitment coming at expense of Mass. students

THE UNIVERSITY OF MASSACHUSETTS AMHERST has been so aggressive in recruiting out-of-state students that it’s now easier for those students to gain admission than it is for in-state students, according to a report released on Tuesday. The analysis, conducted by Boston-based Pioneer Institute, says out-of-state students admitted to UMass Amherst have lower average high school(...)

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The Mount Ida Rorschach test

The Mount Ida Rorschach test

Closure raises vexing issues for private colleges and state system

TWO MASSACHUSETTS COLLEGES announced plans to close this year. The demise of Atlantic Union College in Lancaster went virtually unnoticed. The closure of Mount Ida College in Newton has created a lot of contention and continues to generate stories, editorials, and opinion columns in multiple news outlets. The location of Mount Ida in metropolitan Boston(...)

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Tracing Latino educational inequality

Tracing Latino educational inequality

In Massachusetts, Latino college graduation gap among widest in US

MASSACHUSETTS IS FALLING FAR SHORT when it comes to educating Latino students, with a four-year college graduation gap between white and Latino students that is the 37th worst in the country. The wide gulf in completion rates exists despite the fact that Massachusetts Latino students demonstrate higher achievement in K-12 education than Latinos nationally, according(...)

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Report rips Boston record with ‘off-track’ high school students

Report rips Boston record with ‘off-track’ high school students

1 in 5 students not on course to graduate

A DECADE AFTER a report found that one of every five students in Boston Public Schools had fallen “off track” to graduate from high school, a new study finds that the figure has barely budged, with the district showing little progress in getting those students through high school. The report documents an uncomfortable truth about(...)

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Where is the road map for Boston Public Schools facilities?

Where is the road map for Boston Public Schools facilities?

Decision-making on buildings is opaque and uncoordinated

SPRING IS HERE and thousands of Boston’s families have recently learned where their children will be going to school next year. Many will be entering new schools for the first time, as they attend kindergarten, middle school, and high school welcome sessions. What will they find? Most will experience warm welcomes by teachers, hallways lined(...)

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