Education

Mayor of firsts

Mayor of firsts

Yvonne Spicer says she’s undaunted by new challenges—a good trait for the first person to serve as mayor of Framingham.

Photographs by Frank Curran YVONNE SPICER, like a  lot of her fellow Framingham residents, freely admits that she voted against the charter question to make the state’s biggest town a mid-sized city. But once the measure passed by the thinnest of margins, the former teacher and vice president of the Museum of Science did what(...)

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A disability shouldn’t be a handicap

A disability shouldn’t be a handicap

We need to ensure special needs students have a chance to succeed

“EXCUSE ME, DO you need that parking space? Because my 85-year-old mother does.” My sister, Maria, and I turned our heads to see a middle-aged woman scowling at us moments after we pulled into a handicapped parking space, at the front entrance of our local mall. Outraged, I said, “As a matter of fact, we(...)

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Minority numbers in accounting don’t add up

Minority numbers in accounting don’t add up

Profession needs to reach out to younger students to improve diversity

SOMETIMES OPPORTUNITY DOESN’T knock – you have to bang on the door. That’s one takeaway from the story of Santiago Fernandez, who had big dreams and one major goal — to move to the U.S. and compete at the highest level of business. He was working in Argentina when his accounting firm was acquired by(...)

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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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DeVos selection roils reform sector

DeVos selection roils reform sector

Some charter backers rush to distance themselves from ed pick

THE BATTLE OVER President Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, had teachers unions, public school advocates, and many on the political left in high dudgeon. DeVos’s record of support for charter schools and voucher programs, and her lack of any experience in district public schools, made her the target of the most organized effort to(...)

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The private college trap

The Globe Magazine over the weekend carried a provocative headline: “Work hard. Go to college. Get ahead…and other bad advice we’re giving low-income students.” The story by Neil Swidey doesn’t quite match the headline, but it nevertheless paints a very troubling portrait of low-income students getting in way over their heads financially at what Swidey(...)

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Boston student walkout about cuts — and more

For the second time this year, Boston Public Schools students walked out of classes to protest budget cuts they say imperil their ability to get a quality education. Tuesday’s walkout was much smaller than a demonstration in March, when several thousand students arrived in front of the State House and then marched to City Hall.(...)

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Echoes of abuse

Vulnerable children. Sexual predators. Secret payoffs. They were the toxic ingredients of a generational scandal 15 years ago that was blown open by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and one that the paper’s investigative unit thinks is repeating itself in private schools around New England and beyond. In 2001, the Globe’s stories about clergy sex abuse(...)

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