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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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Missed meals

Missed meals

Early ed centers with thousands of Mass. children not taking advantage of food program

IN 2009, FIRST Lady Michelle Obama famously took a shovel to a plot on the White House lawn and turned it into a garden, announcing her intention that schoolchildren should eat healthier food and exercise more in order to combat obesity. Even in the wake of the enactment of the Healthy, Hunger-Free Kids Act, there(...)

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