NORTHAMPTON, MA — As educators working under the banner that “everyone is a learner,” recent guest columns in the Gazette on the vital importance of investing in early education programs drew our attention. We applaud Gov. Charlie Baker’s proposal to invest an additional $105 million in K-12 schools, and thank Senate President Stanley C. Rosenberg… [Read More]
From the Commissioner’s Weekly Update: A recent report about design and resource allocation in schools and districts participating in the state’s Expanded Learning Time grant initiative might be of interest to districts and schools that are thinking about redesigning school schedules. It is available on our legislative reports page or our expanded learning time page…. [Read More]
NORTHAMPTON, MA — Attorney General Maura Healey has issued an updated version of the state’s Open Meeting Law guide that reflects newly enacted laws and information about recent decisions regarding the law’s requirements. The release of the new guide was timed to coincide with “Sunshine Week,” a national, nonpartisan initiative that highlights the importance of… [Read More]
Boston, MA – Boston school officials and nonprofit leaders will huddle Monday to mull strategies for closing the achievement gap that afflicts children from low-income families. Initial data from an ongoing study conducted in Boston and four other urban communities suggest that summer programs can help elementary school children reduce learning losses that typically occur… [Read More]
BOSTON, MA (WWLP) – A new initiative called “Building on What Works” hopes to be a competitive way to increase funding for public schools. The new proposal would allow under-performing public schools to compete for additional state funding. The proposal is backed by mayors and leaders in business and education.
Cindy sits across from me in what is now called The Justice Center at Turners Falls High School in Montague, about 20 miles north of Amherst. The room is brightly decorated with student art, there is a coffee machine and some candy on a table, and behind me on the wall is a quote from… [Read More]
Massachusetts education officials say the state’s high school graduation rate is up to 86.1 percent, with some of the strongest gains among minority and low-income students. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday announced that the four-year graduation rate for students who entered as ninth-graders in 2010-11, or who transferred in, improved for… [Read More]
NORTHAMPTON, MA – System Change for Successful Children (SCSC), a federally funded initiative coordinated by the Collaborative for Educational Services (CES), recently released recommendations to Massachusetts policy makers for minimizing the impact of trauma on very young children (ages 0 – 5 years) who are involved with the state’s child welfare system. The two-year SCSC… [Read More]