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More school time needs to be part of broader effort

April 10, 2013 | Michael Jonas

THERE IS GOOD REASON TO BELIEVE a longer school day for students in

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A new actor appears on schools stage

April 3, 2013 | Scot Lehigh

AS THE race to succeed Tom Menino takes shape, compelling new developments should put education reform front and center in the city’s political debate.

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Biz groups push for charter schools

March 29, 2013 | Mary Moore

Business leaders are pushing a bill that would eliminate the state’s existing cap on charter schools

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Guest View: It's time to lift the cap on quality

March 26, 2013 | John Schneider

A recent Stanford University study found that Massachusetts charter public school students gain the equivalent of 1½ more months of learning per year in reading and 2½ more months in math compared to similar students in their host districts. In Boston, the results were so astonishing the researchers ran the numbers twice to make sure they were right. They found that Boston charters provided a typical student with more than 12 months of additional learning per year in reading and 13 months greater progress per year in math compared to their district peers. The academic progress accelerated the longer the students remained in charters, the study showed.

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Test of a tax plan

March 24, 2013 | Boston Herald Editorial

Gov. Deval Patrick’s latest education plan is all about new spending — much of it with no strings attached.

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CCSC Teacher Semifinalist for Mass. Teacher of the Year

March 21, 2013

Community Charter School of Cambridge science teacher Heather Haines has been selected as one of 11 semifinalists in the 2014 Massachusetts Teacher of the Year Program. Each year, hundreds of teachers from public schools across the Commonwealth are nominated, and all go through a rigorous application and interview process, leading up to the final selection in early May.

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Charter schools work

March 19, 2013 | JAMES A. PEYSER

CHARTER SCHOOLS ARE one of the great success stories of Massachusetts education reform, but thanks to a state law limiting enrollment, their growth is about to hit the wall.

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Academy of the Pacific Rim combines best of east and west

March 8, 2013 | Ling-Mei Wong

The Academy of the Pacific Rim takes Chinese very seriously. Chinese class is required from 7th grade until senior year at the public charter school, which serves 5th to 12th graders. Students tidy the school together and start class with a distinctly Asian call to order.

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Charter school results too good to ignore

March 8, 2013 | Scot Lehigh

ENTICED BY federal Race to the Top dollars, Massachusetts passed an important education reform law in 2010. But now, with that legislation in place, policymakers seem to lack the appetite for another round of significant change.

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Charter school planning new Fitchburg home

March 7, 2013 | By Alana Melanson

North Central Charter Essential School will finally have its own permanent home as of next year, Executive Director Stephanie Davolos announced Wednesday.

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