Education

Hey, college presidents, speak up!

Hey, college presidents, speak up!

University heads protect their coffers by avoiding big issues

COLLEGE PRESIDENTS HAVE long used the bully pulpit that comes with their office to shape public opinion. That is, until now. Today, college leaders remain silent, having turned their sights inward to their own campuses. Their desire to avoid any press has diminished their moral authority and role as important thought leaders. In the past,(...)

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Union attacks on Meehan misleading, misguided

Union attacks on Meehan misleading, misguided

UMass Lowell adjunct faculty should negotiate seriously

FOR THE BETTER PART of a decade, I had the privilege of working with then-UMass Lowell Chancellor Marty Meehan. It was exciting to be a part of a team that initiated a remarkable transformation of UMass Lowell that continues today. The campus has experienced dramatic increases in enrollment, retention, and graduation rates; faculty hiring; research(...)

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Report on Boston school assignment plan is troubling

Report on Boston school assignment plan is troubling

Leaders owe answers on how they’ll address equity issues

THE FINDINGS OF the recent Boston Area Research Initiative report on equity in the Boston Public Schools assignment plan – the Home Based Assignment plan – were for the most part not too shocking for anyone who has followed school assignment politics in Boston for the past five years. The report finds, in short, “that(...)

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Something’s new this year at UMass Boston

Something’s new this year at UMass Boston

40% of freshman class will be living in dorms

NEXT WEEK, as students return to University of Massachusetts Boston, a number of them will do something no one has done in the school’s history: Live on campus. For the first 53 years of its history, UMass Boston students commuted to campus by bus, T, or car. This year that will change. Approximately 1,000 students(...)

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Meehan puts students, faculty last

Meehan puts students, faculty last

UMass president refuses to bargain with Lowell adjunct profs for better wages and benefits

MARTY MEEHAN’S FAILURES as president of the University of Massachusetts system have been big news lately. A controversial land grab to benefit Amherst at the expense of other campuses and a no-confidence vote by UMass Boston faculty were just the start. Now, he’s facing another controversy at UMass Lowell, where he was chancellor before taking over the entire system.(...)

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Charter battle heats up in New Bedford

Charter battle heats up in New Bedford

Mayor Mitchell says expansion would be devastating to city schools

THINK THE BATTLE over charter schools in Massachusetts is over? Think again. Voters may have soundly defeated a ballot question two years ago to raise the cap on charters, but there is plenty of room in some communities under the existing cap to add more charter school seats. One of them is New Bedford, where(...)

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Maybe busing isn’t the (only) problem

Maybe busing isn’t the (only) problem

Net cost to Boston is just $37m out of $1.1b budget

SCHOOL BUSING IN BOSTON is a four-letter word, a phrase often spewed as a profanity whenever the subject of the city’s schools comes up in conversations, which is to say all the time. Going back to the 1970s, when the city exploded into a race and class war over the yellow beasts rumbling through the(...)

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Maybe busing isn’t the (only) problem

School busing in Boston is a four-letter word, a phrase often spewed as a profanity whenever the subject of the city’s schools comes up in conversations, which is to say all the time. Going back to the 1970s, when the city exploded into a race and class war over the yellow beasts rumbling through the(...)

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Common Core’s slashing of fiction drains life out of schools

Common Core’s slashing of fiction drains life out of schools

Students missing out on great writers who ignite imagination and can transform lives

“LIVE, THEN, AND be happy, beloved children of my heart, and never forget,” reads The Count of Monte Cristo by French novelist Alexandre Dumas, “that… all human wisdom is contained in these two words, – ‘Wait and hope.’” Today marks the birthday of Monsieur Dumas, the genius of 19th-century romantic historical fiction, whose other masterworks(...)

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