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Mass. education officials slam ICE reversal

STATE HOUSE NEWS SERVICE A NEW FEDERAL IMMIGRATION policy ordering international students to leave the country if their colleges or universities offer online-only classes this fall has prompted an outcry from educators and campus officials in Massachusetts, who slammed the move as “cruel” and likely to cause massive economic damage. Many higher education institutions, including […]

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Who should pay for the masks?

IT’S NO SECRET that school budgets are strained more drastically than ever as classrooms prepare to reopen in the fall. Backup masks for kids who don’t have them, hand sanitizer, and copious amounts of cleaning supplies are going to be needed. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a guidance a week ago, outlining its rules […]

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Who should pay for the masks?

It’s no secret that school budgets are strained more drastically than ever as classrooms prepare to reopen in the fall. Backup masks for kids who don’t have them, hand sanitizer, and copious amounts of cleaning supplies are going to be needed. The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released a guidance a week ago, outlining its […]

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Education funding shortfall could spur new lawsuit 

WHEN MASSACHUSETTS LAWMAKERS passed a landmark rewrite of the state’s school funding formula last year, it was done with a lawsuit hanging over their heads. Now, advocates are keeping a close eye on the law’s fulfillment – and say they will consider filing another suit if the new formula is not funded this year.   “We initially filed a lawsuit because the […]

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State: Students low risk for COVID-19

IN CRAFTING A BACK-TO-SCHOOL PLAN for the fall, the Baker administration is relying on nascent medical research suggesting children under 20 are less likely to both contract COVID-19 and transmit it to others. Dr. Sandra  Nelson, an infectious diseases specialist at Massachusetts General Hospital who worked with the Baker administration on its guidance for reopening […]

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Let’s not forget about afterschool programs

“I MISS MY FRIENDS.” “Sometimes my teacher doesn’t see me when I raise my hand.” “Coronavirus makes me sad.” “When this is over, I hope I can go with Mom to a store.” Children across the Commonwealth are experiencing life in a new dimension. Their routines are disrupted; their school year suspended, their social interactions […]