Spring 2010

Spring 2010

Putting teachers on notice

Putting teachers on notice

Rhode Island's new education commissioner, Deborah Gist, is shaking up the status quo, drawing national praise — and scorn — in the process. The former elementary school teacher says her focus is on improving schools, not making headlines.

When it comes to efforts to turn around failing schools, the nation’s smallest state is making some of the biggest waves. In January, Rhode Island’s new education commissioner, Deborah Gist, set in motion a review of local schools that led to the firing of the entire staff at Central Falls High School, a chronically low-performing(...)

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Charters are closing the gap

Charters are closing the gap

Student academics, not racial demographics, are what counts

Read the opposite view in “A Setback for Diversity” here. for decades, education policymakers have attempted to bridge the yawning achievement gap between affluent white students and poor black and Latino students. Each attempt has failed, leaving new generations of poor, urban minorities with an inadequate educational foundation to succeed in an increasingly competitive market.(...)

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A setback for diversity

A setback for diversity

Studies suggest that charter schools contribute to racial and socioeconomic segregation

Read the response to “A Setback for Diversity” here. prodded by financial incentives offered by the Obama administration, Massachusetts and most other states are loosening restrictions on establishing charter schools. These schools, publicly funded and free from traditional oversight, are viewed by some as laboratories where educators can experiment with new ways of teaching students.(...)

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Northeastern program aims to keep students past their first year

Northeastern program aims to keep students past their first year

on the path to keeping kids in college, Northeastern University has so far met with considerable success — and encountered a few big surprises. Foundation Year, an NU pilot program during the 2009-2010 academic year, offers new graduates of the Boston Public Schools a highly structured first year of college in order to improve their(...)

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New England’s major airports moving to taxi out of the recession

New England’s major airports moving to taxi out of the recession

as the economy slowly starts to recover, three of New England’s busiest airports are well-positioned for strong, complementary growth. Boston’s Logan International Airport is already posting passenger gains. T.F. Green Airport in Warwick, Rhode Island, and Manchester–Boston Regional Airport in New Hampshire are still losing passengers, but analysts say they should also rebound in the(...)

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Galvin gets less secretive about tax credit recipients

Galvin gets less secretive about tax credit recipients

secretary of state William Galvin is starting to lift the veil of secrecy surrounding his management of the state’s historic rehabilitation tax credit program, which provides financial incentives for developers to restore historic buildings. Galvin recently posted on his state website the names of companies and projects receiving tax credit awards during the latest round(...)

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Ka-ching!

Ka-ching!

A Pennsylvania city finds out what happens when a casino moves into the neighborhood

UPDATE: On April 7, after two months of deliberation, Pennsylvania’s gaming control board renewed the Sands’ operating license and approved the casino’s application to introduce table games in Bethlehem. At the same hearing, the Sands announced that the community would not have to wait much longer for the long-stalled hotel; construction will resume in May.(...)

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Misdiagnosis

Misdiagnosis

The ratings given to Bay State nursing homes are not as informative, or as consistent, as they may first appear

it’s one thing to use five-star ratings to rank restaurants and movies, but is it possible to rate nursing homes the same way? The federal government thinks it is. Just over a year ago, the Centers for Medicare & Medicaid Services (CMS) launched a new five-star rating system, available on its Nursing Home Compare website,(...)

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