Education

We need a holistic approach to improving student outcomes

We need a holistic approach to improving student outcomes

Focus on both in-school and out-of-school factors is needed to close gaps

IF MASSACHUSETTS IS committed to equal educational opportunity for all, the next phase of education reform must acknowledge that schools cannot close achievement gaps without a systemic approach to addressing the out-of-school disadvantages that impact students’ academic learning. Factors outside of school more powerfully predict outcomes than any factor in schools. The current education reform(...)

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UMass vs. UMass

UMass vs. UMass

UMass takeover of Mount Ida College has many up in arms

The list of those supporting the takeover of Mount Ida College in Newton by the University of Massachusetts as a satellite campus for Amherst students starts with UMass President Martin Meehan, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, and the system’s board of trustees, all of whom got together and quietly moved on the $50 million acquisition, plus(...)

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UMass vs. UMass

The list of those supporting the takeover of Mount Ida College in Newton by the University of Massachusetts as a satellite campus for Amherst students starts with UMass President Martin Meehan, UMass Amherst Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy, and the system’s board of trustees, all of whom got together and quietly moved on the $50 million acquisition, plus(...)

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College math doesn’t add up

College math doesn’t add up

For Amy Blanchette, juggling jobs, school, and family is herculean task

AMY BLANCHETTE GRADUATED from community college a few years ago and applied to the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth as the next step in her long-term goal of attaining a master’s degree in public policy and ultimately running for public office. Her application was accepted, but when she sat down to do the math, the numbers(...)

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Inspirational talks are not cheap

Inspirational talks are not cheap

Big names demand big bucks for community college speaker series

EX-NBA SUPERSTAR KAREEM Abdul-Jabbar gave a speech at Bunker Hill Community College last October — not on how to shoot his patented skyhook, but on the weighty subject of “Islam: Misrepresented, Misunderstood, and Maligned in the United States.” The speech was part of a series that is designed to serve as inspiration for Bunker Hill(...)

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State breaking its promises to regional schools

State breaking its promises to regional schools

Struggling districts not receiving money they are owed

FOR MOST MASSACHUSETTS RESIDENTS, test scores and property taxes are top of mind when thinking about public education. But for parents of students in regional school districts, especially rural ones, the worry goes much deeper—to questions of the viability of their school district and whether their kids are getting the same quality education as their(...)

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The faithful departed

The faithful departed

Catholic schools across the state are struggling to remain afloat

It wasn’t that long ago that the Roman Catholic church was a spiritual, political, and social force in Massachusetts. With the influx of European immigrants beginning in the 19th century, Catholic churches peppered the landscape, with even smaller towns having multiple parishes. But since the turn of the century – and the bomb that was the(...)

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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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