race to the top http://wamc.org en Education Commissioner Discusses Decision To Order Takeover Of Four Schools http://wamc.org/post/education-commissioner-discusses-decision-order-takeover-four-schools <p>For the first time under a 2010 education reform law in Massachusetts the state is taking over four struggling schools.&nbsp; The state will place into receivership two schools in Boston, one in New Bedford and the Morgan Community School—a K through 8<sup>th</sup> grade school—in Holyoke.&nbsp;&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester about the action.</p><p></p><p></p> Sat, 02 Nov 2013 16:53:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 76758 at http://wamc.org Education Commissioner Discusses Decision To Order Takeover Of Four Schools New School Year Begins With Plenty Of Challenges http://wamc.org/post/new-school-year-begins-plenty-challenges <p>20,000 students head back to class Monday in Springfield Massachusetts. The state’s second largest public school system has received almost $14 million in federal funds to put programs in place to close academic achievement gaps.&nbsp;&nbsp; Daniel Warwick is beginning his second year as Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools.&nbsp; WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with him about his plans to address the system’s chronic problems.</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 25 Aug 2013 16:48:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 72025 at http://wamc.org New School Year Begins With Plenty Of Challenges Middletown School is a Finalist in Race to the Top Competition http://wamc.org/post/middletown-school-finalist-race-top-competition <p></p><p style="color: rgb(0, 0, 102); font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif; line-height: normal;">&nbsp;&nbsp;The U.S. Department of Education announced on Monday that the Middletown City School District is among 61 applications selected as a finalist for the Race to the Top-District competition.</p> Tue, 27 Nov 2012 12:24:58 +0000 Hank Gross 52761 at http://wamc.org Middletown School is a Finalist in Race to the Top Competition Mass. Schools May Miss Out on Federal Funding http://wamc.org/post/mass-schools-may-miss-out-federal-funding <p>State education officials say most Massachusetts school districts are expected to miss a deadline to implement a new teacher evaluation system, putting federal funding in jeopardy. WAMC’s Lucas Willard has details…</p><p>Districts are required to approve the system that puts greater emphasis on student achievement by Sept. 1 or risk losing Race to the Top money.</p><p>Mitchell Chester, commissioner of elementary and secondary education, tells The Boston Globe many school districts are at odds with their unions in negotiating changes to evaluations. He calls delays a "lost opportunity."</p> Wed, 22 Aug 2012 00:00:00 +0000 Lucas Willard 46100 at http://wamc.org Mass. Schools May Miss Out on Federal Funding