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  • MCAS Results Show Income, Race Continue to Affect Student Performance

    MCAS Results Show Income, Race Continue to Affect Student Performance1

    By Doug Page This year’s recently released MCAS results show, with few exceptions, that children from high-income communities outperformed their less-advantaged peers, and a demographic achievement gap continues to persist. Demographically, Asian and white students performed best, according to information provided by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), which administers the test

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  • Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates

    Concern Rises Over Future MCAS 2.0 Passing Rates1

    By Doug Page Concerned that high numbers of Bay State tenth graders will fail the new version of the MCAS test — and, as a result, not graduate high school — Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Acting Commissioner Jeff Wulfson is offering a lifeline. At the Oct. 24 meeting of the Massachusetts Board

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  • Everyday Errand Leads Newton Mom to New Career, Cause

    Everyday Errand Leads Newton Mom to New Career, Cause10

    By Melissa Shaw It was a snowy day when Jennifer Hyde took her two children to get new eyeglasses. She sat, passing the time with the optician, rather than venture back outside into the harsh weather. “What do you do with the old lenses?” she asked. (“I’m an environmentalist,” she explains. “I’m always curious about

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  • Mass Secretary of Education Questioned Over Charter Schools

    Mass Secretary of Education Questioned Over Charter Schools2

    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 Commissioner4

    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 contributions7

    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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