On a December day with temperatures hovering in the 40s, a group of students at the new Athenaeum Learning Center worked outside on arts and crafts in the midday sun. On an adjacent field, other students booted a soccer ball around, while still others took to nearby woods to show off a shelter they’d built out of old logs.
The Boston school system is wading into the contentious debate about whether high school students should start classes later in the morning in an effort to increase academic achievement, punctuality, and attendance.
The Massachusetts public school student population has grown increasingly diverse in recent years, but the state’s teaching force has remained overwhelmingly white — a worrisome mismatch that, studies show, reduces minority student performance.
The Question 2 debate over charter schools will loom large over the mayoral race, with support from many parents likely to break for Mayor Martin J. Walsh or challenger Tito Jackson based on the roles they played in the fall’s bitter election.
Charter schools have been something of a hot topic in recent months. Massachusetts residents voted on Question 2 this past November — legislation that would have greatly expanded charter school capabilities and funding in Massachusetts. – and voters voiced a resounding “no,” but some charter schools are still going strong in the area.
Natick High is among a growing group of schools in Massachusetts and across the United States that are turning to international testing to gain a broader perspective on how well their educational programs are preparing students for college and beyond, and what they might be able to learn from high-performing schools worldwide.
The Boston School Committee has postponed a vote on Superintendent Tommy Chang’s sweeping proposal to change the grade configurations of schools across the city, which had been on a fast track for approval.
Over the last century or more it would be difficult to understand Massachusetts without appreciating the central role that Catholic education has played in the Commonwealth’s historical, political, economic, and cultural landscape.
State officials are looking to broaden the way school performances are judged to comply with new federal standards, moving beyond test scores and graduation rates to other measures, such as the atmosphere a school creates and the availability of art, music, and college-level courses.
Hundreds of students from Boston high schools and local colleges walked out of class Monday to rally on Boston Common, calling on local political leaders to speak out against President-elect Donald Trump.
The state’s education commissioner, aiming to end a long-brewing controversy, is proposing to scrap a rule requiring school systems to develop individual ratings for teachers and administrators based solely on student test scores.
THE president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, had a message last week for her union’s members in the wake of the presidential election: “let all of our students and their families — but especially those who were targeted by the president-elect in his campaign — know that we will provide safe spaces, defend them from attack, and be more focused and vigilant in our struggle for justice,” Madeloni wrote in her weekly email.