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  • Mass Secretary of Education Questioned Over Charter Schools

    Mass Secretary of Education Questioned Over Charter Schools0

    By Doug Page Democrat Jay Gonzalez, a former member of Gov. Deval Patrick’s cabinet who wants to be the state’s next governor, also wants answers from Massachusetts Secretary of Education James Peyser about his involvement in last year’s charter school ballot question. At the Oct. 24 Massachusetts Board of Education (BOE) meeting, Gonzalez discussed a

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  • BOE Chairman Hires Search Firm to Find New Education Commissioner

    BOE Chairman Hires Search Firm to Find New Education Commissioner0

    By Doug Page Massachusetts Board of Education (BOE) Chairman Paul Sagan was lightly chided at last month’s meeting for hiring an executive search firm to help find the state’s new commissioner of education. “It surprises me that [the BOE’s] search committee wasn’t consulted or had input into this, especially when other board members didn’t, either.

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  • BOE Chairman Sagan repeats last year’s speech on campaign contributions

    BOE Chairman Sagan repeats last year’s speech on campaign contributions0

    By Doug Page His critics likely gave him the one thing they never intended — a platform to defend his actions and sell his position. But if readers look closely at what Massachusetts Board of Education (BOE) Chairman Paul Sagan told his fellow members regarding the issue of adding new charter schools, they’ll note he

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  • The Developmental Magic of Music and Children

    The Developmental Magic of Music and Children0

    By Melissa Shaw Seven pairs of parents and preschoolers stand in a circle — but not for long. Soon they’re pretending to be squirrels, digging, swinging their tails, hopping…and singing. At the direction of music educator Jan Barlow, the group quickly becomes ducklings, foreheads on the carpet, posteriors in air, mimicking ducks underwater. The group

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  • How Tweens and Teens Can Learn Tolerance Through Literature

    How Tweens and Teens Can Learn Tolerance Through Literature0

    By Kristin Guay In today’s middle and high schools, teens are exposed to a more diverse population than ever before, involving students, parents, and school staff. This diversity is reflected in religion, culture, language, sexual identification and preference, and political beliefs. While this exposure to a diverse population has numerous benefits, it has also created

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  • 5 Easy Tips for Back-to-School Budgeting

    5 Easy Tips for Back-to-School Budgeting0

    By Rachel Cruze Can you feel it? Fall is right around the corner, and that means it’s back-to-school time! Hopefully, you haven’t waited until the last minute and you have most of your shopping done. If not, that’s OK! Here are a few guidelines as you get everything together for your child’s first day back

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