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State Education Board Takes Over ‘Chronically Underperforming’ Holyoke Schools

The Board of Elementary and Secondary Education voted 8-3 to accept a recommendation from state Education Commissioner to designate the Holyoke schools as “Level 5,” or chronically underperforming.


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88 Percent Pass High School MCAS But Racial Achievement Gap Remains

Nearly nine in 10 Massachusetts high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year.


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State Official Temporarily Takes Charge Of Lawrence Schools

State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester plans to temporarily take charge of the Lawrence public schools on Jan. 1.


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WBZ Soundbytes Of The Week: Frank, Chester, Cain, Kermit

Together again: Barney Frank, Mitchell Chester, Herman Cain, Bobby Valentine & Kermit “the” Frog. Seriously. Produced by WBZ’s Dave Mager.


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State Takes Over Lawrence Public Schools

The state of Massachusetts will take over the troubled Lawrence public school system.


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Mass. May Opt Out Of No Child Left Behind Law

Massachusetts may be opting out of the No Child Left Behind Law.


Teacher Evaluations May Soon Include Student MCAS Scores

Student performance is often judged by MCAS scores, and soon, teachers might be judged that way as well.


State Schools Chief: No Snow Day Waivers Yet

A top Massachusetts school official is telling local educators they have options for making up snow days and it’s too early for talk about waiving the requirement that schools have at least 180 days of classes a year.


MA schools chief urges probation for charter

State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is recommending the board of education place a Gloucester charter school on probation.


Judge denies bid to block Gloucester school

A superior court judge has denied a bid by parents to block the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School from opening this fall.