Education

Does Harvard have constitutional protection from Gonzalez tax?

Does Harvard have constitutional protection from Gonzalez tax?

John Adams gave university special status, but taxation waiver is unclear

THINGS LOOK TOUGH enough for Jay Gonzalez’s proposal to tax high-value university endowments, with lots of leading Democrats offering a less than enthusiastic embrace of the idea. But could the idea face an even bigger barrier – the Massachusetts Constitution? Gonzalez, the Democratic nominee for governor, has proposed levying a tax on the endowment of(...)

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MA public colleges rated tops on black student access, success

MA public colleges rated tops on black student access, success

USC study gives MA College of Liberal Arts highest index score

A NEW STUDY indicates Massachusetts schools lead the nation in terms of black student access and success at four-year public universities and colleges. The report, written by two researchers at the USC Race and Equity Center and funded by the Ford Foundation, found that Massachusetts schools as a group ranked highest on a series of(...)

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New Bedford’s charter school battle

New Bedford’s charter school battle

Expansion proposal roils the Whaling City

Nearly two years ago, voters weighed in on a contentious ballot question over charter school expansion in the state. But the battle over the independently run, but publicly funded, schools hardly ended there. Ground zero for the latest showdown: New Bedford, where the K-8 Alma del Mar Charter School is hoping to expand by adding(...)

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New Bedford pols fail kids with opposition to charter expansion

New Bedford pols fail kids with opposition to charter expansion

Alma del Mar school has been shining model of success

IF YOU WONDER where children fall in the hierarchy of priorities for some elected officials, take a look at New Bedford, where Mayor Jon Mitchell and City Councilor Hugh Dunn are apoplectic about a highly successful charter public school’s expansion plans. Alma del Mar Charter School has applied to open two more K-8 schools in(...)

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EF grows on backs of cheap labor

EF grows on backs of cheap labor

Education First reaps benefits for doing good while acting bad

A CAMBRIDGE COMPANY, Education First, is a big winner in the race for state business tax credits. The privately owned Swedish company now occupies two buildings (and, thanks to its tax credit, will soon occupy three) in the city’s redeveloped NorthPoint area abutting Charlestown and East Somerville. Of the $15 million in economic development incentive(...)

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Time to rethink education assessments and standards

Time to rethink education assessments and standards

21st century thinking requires different approach to curriculum, testing

The secret of change is to focus all of your energy, not on fighting the old, but on building the new. – Socrates  THIS PAST SUMMER saw the failure on the part of the Legislature to arrive at a compromise piece of legislation designed to begin the process of remedying the flaws to educational funding formula(...)

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E-cigs pose big danger to teens

E-cigs pose big danger to teens

Let's tax the product to police the usage

NOW THAT MARIJUANA can be sold legally in Massachusetts, we want to remind you of an age-old problem: smoking in the boys’ room.  Indeed it is a problem in the girls’ room, too. Long before Motley Crue sang about ditching class for a smoke, students were lighting up when they thought no one was looking. (...)

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Superintendent showdown

Superintendent showdown

Groups don’t want interim Perille to seek job

MAYOR MARTY WALSH quickly sought to stabilize the Boston Public Schools in late June by tapping local education nonprofit leader Laura Perille as interim school superintendent to replace Tommy Chang, who exited abruptly with two years left on his contract in the face of mayoral displeasure with his tenure. But that move is now running(...)

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Superintendent showdown

Mayor Marty Walsh quickly sought to stabilize the Boston Public Schools in late June by tapping local education nonprofit leader Laura Perille as interim school superintendent to replace Tommy Chang, who exited abruptly with two years left on his contract in the face of mayoral displeasure with his tenure. But that move is now running(...)

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