Education

Let’s continue to listen to young people

Let’s continue to listen to young people

Student organizing on gun violence is blazing an important trail for education

OVER THE PAST month, we have seen an important dialogue play out in local and national media as student leaders confront the traumatic issue of gun violence with courage and poise. Their efforts should be applauded and supported, and as we lift up students’ voices, we cannot overlook the communities who experience gun violence on(...)

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Student loan agency will quit national trade group

Student loan agency will quit national trade group

Lawmakers say MEFA shouldn't belong to group pushing to weaken consumer protections

A MASSACHUSETTS STATE AGENCY in charge of making student loans found itself under fire on Wednesday for belonging to a national association that supports a move by the Trump administration to preempt state laws that protect student borrowers from unscrupulous practices by lenders and loan servicing firms. The agency played down the suggestion that it(...)

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Congress must reject Trump cuts to college access programs

Congress must reject Trump cuts to college access programs

Opportunity for low-income students hangs in the balance

FOR THE SECOND year in a row, President Trump has put forth a federal budget proposal that sends a dangerous message about this administration’s priorities for the nation’s students. For more than 50 years, our nation’s higher education policy has supported a promise to academically qualified students: Put in the effort and work, and postsecondary(...)

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Lawmakers should heed Parkland students’ call for reform

Lawmakers should heed Parkland students’ call for reform

It's time to pass sensible gun control measures

AS PROFESSIONAL EDUCATORS, we are united by our deeply held commitment to the health, wellness, and safety of our students. That commitment encompasses our shared belief that students should not have to live in fear of losing their lives or watching friends die because elected leaders refuse to protect them. While Massachusetts has been a(...)

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Tufts officials explain their civics research

Tufts officials explain their civics research

Dispute Milford principal’s interpretation of their work

THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE is considering a bill (S. 2306) to enhance civic education. We are excited about its prospects and welcome the debate that the bill has provoked, including the critical comments of Milford High School principal Joshua Otlin, who is an experienced and dedicated civic educator. The bill is an opportunity for all citizens(...)

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Personalized learning is key to Mass. school success

Personalized learning is key to Mass. school success

Our No. 1 ranking comes from longstanding commitment to individualized learning

HERE IN MASSACHUSETTS, we stand on the pinnacle of education greatness. Recently, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education unveiled a new logo that highlights our well-deserved recognition as “Nation’s Best,” as we were No. 1 in the US in reading and math on so-called Nation’s Report Card, No. 1 in the world in(...)

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Mandating civics classes is a mistake

Mandating civics classes is a mistake

Proposed legislation is wrong approach to the right goal

IN THEIR RECENT opinion piece in CommonWealth, Alan Solomont and Arielle Jennings argue for mandated civics education and “An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement,” a bill making its way through the Legislature. As a former civics teacher and current high school principal, I fully support their goal and vigorously oppose their approach. Solomont(...)

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Training citizens, one student at a time

Training citizens, one student at a time

Legislation would mandate civics requirement in schools

ON FEBRUARY 15 the Legislature took up a bill entitled “An Act to Promote and Enhance Civic Engagement.” The bipartisan legislation, now making its way through the Senate Ways and Means Committee, would support educators across the Commonwealth providing high-quality civic education for all young people. The proposed legislation mandates that every student engage in(...)

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Time to lift up Boston’s voc-tech high school

Time to lift up Boston’s voc-tech high school

Years of missteps are leaving students behind

“SUCCESS IS TO BE measured not so much by the position that one has reached in life,” said Booker T. Washington, the famous turn-of-the-20th-century black educator, “as by the obstacles… overcome.” February is both Black History and Career and Technical Education month. No figure in America’s past bridged those two worlds like Booker Washington, who was(...)

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Outdated formula yields have and have-not schools

Outdated formula yields have and have-not schools

Teacher witnessed it first-hand in Waltham, Lawrence

I TEACH SIXTH GRADE for the Waltham Public Schools.  Recently, I got 50 new books for my class, enough for all of my students to use and to take home for reading homework.  The purchase reminded me of the time when I was teaching in Lawrence Public Schools and had asked for new books.  Instead,(...)

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