Education

Congress (surprise!) leads way on financial aid

Congress (surprise!) leads way on financial aid

State needs to step up higher ed funding in upcoming budget

THE SPENDING BILL passed by Congress finally recognizes what educators, students, and business leaders have been saying for years: Without a robust and affordable higher education system, we will not be able to succeed in the increasingly competitive global marketplace. This bill should serve as a model for Massachusetts legislators as they prepare their own(...)

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State needs to step up for higher ed

State needs to step up for higher ed

More investment key to future economic competitiveness

THE COMMONWEALTH’S ECONOMY has been transformed from one heavily defined by manufacturing a few decades ago to one that is now knowledge-based. Jobs – even the less-skilled positions – require a higher level of educational attainment, yet the pipeline of workers to fill the jobs has slowed, just as baby boomers get set to retire(...)

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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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