Education

Incoming UMass Boston chief says budget process ‘broken’

Incoming UMass Boston chief says budget process ‘broken’

Mills says campus faces hard choices; Motley says he leaves with no regrets

BARRY MILLS, who is slated to take the reins as interim chancellor at the University of Massachusetts Boston, painted a dire picture of finances and operations at the campus, saying the budget process is broken and that tough choices lie ahead for the school. Mills spoke at meeting of the UMass board of trustees where(...)

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Voc-tech tension

Voc-tech tension

Massachusetts vocational schools are a big success story, but are they shutting out those who might need them most?

Photographs by Mark Ostow KELSEY CLARK, A SENIOR at Greater New Bedford Regional Vocational Technical High School, is showing a visitor work from her graphic design portfolio. There is a pointillism-style poster she drew for assignment to promote a rock concert (she says it left her practically drawing dots in her sleep). A brightly colored(...)

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Esports: More than a game

Esports: More than a game

Big bucks online competition now gaining academia's interest

FOR MOST PEOPLE over the age of 30, playing video games is perceived as a waste of time, a solitary, non-social activity that serves to melt one’s brain. Yet as a 20-year old who has been playing video games for about 15 years (and whose brain is still intact), I believe that perception is way(...)

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In the Berkshires, a school crisis – and opportunity

In the Berkshires, a school crisis – and opportunity

With population declining, providing quality education means making hard choices

IF NECESSITY IS the mother of invention, we are busy in the Berkshires figuring out new approaches to school challenges we are facing. Berkshire County has seen a decline of more than 20 percent in school district enrollment since 2000, with another 10 percent-plus decline anticipated over the next decade. This has gone hand in(...)

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We need debt-free college in MA

We need debt-free college in MA

Higher education is contributing to income inequality

SPRING IS UPON US – and across Massachusetts, tens of thousands of students are preparing to graduate and collect their diplomas. In too many cases, the excitement of a new chapter is burdened by the anxiety of student loan debt. In Boston alone, the average student loan recipient carries over $43,000 in debt. That’s 44(...)

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Gorsuch is threat to public education

Gorsuch is threat to public education

Court nominee's record on school issues merits scrutiny

FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, opposition to Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s nominee for secretary of education was front and center in the news – and that was largely thanks to educators. The extent of our dissent, with tens of thousands of letters and phone calls to legislators against her nomination, was tremendous. While the Senate ultimately(...)

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School committees support stronger, lasting reform

School committees support stronger, lasting reform

Five steps to guide any “Education 2.0” initiative

SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS from across the Commonwealth are a varied but pragmatic bunch. During this budget season they are focused on balancing budgets and working with school administrators to reallocate existing funding in order to best meet the needs of their community’s children. Responding to the tremendous complexities of federal and state educational policies turns(...)

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Education must adapt to 21st century

Education must adapt to 21st century

Teacher training and instruction need to change with times

Education is the passport to the future, for tomorrow belongs to those who prepare for it today. – Malcolm X THE PAST 25 YEARS have seen dramatic changes in our culture and society. Twenty-five years ago the internet was in its infancy and we still considered our country invulnerable as the twin towers still stood  in(...)

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