Boston, Holyoke go very different ways in great middle school debate

State’s largest district moves to eliminate them, while Holyoke wants them back 

MORE THAN 15 years ago, Robert Gaudet, then a senior policy analyst at the University of Massachusetts’s Donahue Institute, who had extensively studied school performance across the state, offered a pronouncement that was jarringly blunt, but backed by plenty of evidence. “Middle schools are the great disaster of the education system,” he said.  US school(...)

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