education reform 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 Students, Staff Work On Culture Of New Charter School http://wamc.org/post/students-staff-work-culture-new-charter-school <p>The newest charter school has opened its doors in Springfield, Massachusetts. Interest in establishing new charter schools in Springfield has grown since a cap was lifted three years ago.</p><p></p><p></p><p></p> Wed, 02 Oct 2013 19:56:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 74745 at http://wamc.org Students, Staff Work On Culture Of New Charter School NEA President Discusses Challenges Facing Schools http://wamc.org/post/nea-president-discusses-challenges-facing-schools <p>National Education&nbsp; Association President Dennis Van Roekel was on a back-to-school tour last week.&nbsp; The head of the 3 million member teachers union visited schools in several cities across the country.&nbsp; During a swing through Massachusetts that included a visit to a school in the Boston area, Van Roekel spoke with WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill</p><p></p><p></p> Sun, 15 Sep 2013 16:50:00 +0000 Paul Tuthill 73574 at http://wamc.org NEA President Discusses Challenges Facing 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 Vox Pop : Open Forum - Your reactions to the State of the Union : 2/13/13 http://wamc.org/post/vox-pop-open-forum-your-reactions-state-union-21313 <p>President Barack Obama delivered the first State of the Union address of his second term last night, outlining bold initiatives on reforming the nation’s high schools, immigration policy, economic development, and gun control.</p><p>Today we want to hear what you thought of the president’s remarks, and joining us with his reaction to the speech is WAMC’s own political observer, Dr. Alan Chartock. WAMC's Ray Graf hosts.</p><p></p> Wed, 13 Feb 2013 20:00:00 +0000 57743 at http://wamc.org Vox Pop : Open Forum - Your reactions to the State of the Union : 2/13/13 Vermont School Boards and Superintendents Issue Reform Agenda http://wamc.org/post/vermont-school-boards-and-superintendents-issue-reform-agenda <p></p><p></p><p>The Vermont School Boards, and the Vermont Superintendents, Associations have released a five point agenda that they say will create a world-class education system in the state.<br><br>The agenda for a World Class Education system includes universal access to pre-K education, creation of Innovation Zones, personal learning plans, revision of the collective bargaining system and greater family involvement in education.&nbsp; <a href="http://vtvsa.org">Vermont Superintendents Association</a> Executive Director Jeff Francis says the state has a good public education system, but in a global economy it must be better.&nbsp; Francis explains that the associations began crafting the five-point plan last fall. Thu, 17 Jan 2013 11:59:01 +0000 Pat Bradley 55903 at http://wamc.org Vermont School Boards and Superintendents Issue Reform Agenda Tim Kremer - New York State School Boards Association http://wamc.org/post/tim-kremer-new-york-state-school-boards-association-1 <p></p><p>After accepting the recommendations of a panel appointed to study how public schools in New York can be improved, Governor Andrew Cuomo made it clear that not all schools are created equal, and they cannot be treated as such. The governor says schools in the poor, high-needs areas of New York must also provide student support in social services. Tim Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association, agrees with the governor but has concerns about where the money will come from. He spoke today with WAMC’s Brian Shields.</p><p> Thu, 03 Jan 2013 17:40:00 +0000 Brian Shields 54998 at http://wamc.org Tim Kremer - New York State School Boards Association Randi Weingarten - American Federation of Teachers http://wamc.org/post/randi-weingarten-american-federation-teachers <p>Teachers have a new resource to help them in the classroom. It’s called share my lesson, a new online resource bank, where teachers can collaborate and share teaching resources. Randi Weingarten, the president of the American Federation of Teachers, announced the new program today in Rockland County.</p> Mon, 10 Sep 2012 16:40:00 +0000 Brian Shields 47517 at http://wamc.org Tim Kremer - New York State School Boards Association http://wamc.org/post/tim-kremer-new-york-state-school-boards-association-0 <p>With the school year starting for students across New York State in the coming weeks, there are several new programs being implemented. WAMC's Brian Shields spoke with Tim Kremer of the New York State School Boards Association about the new policies, including teacher evaluations and anti-bullying programs.</p> Thu, 30 Aug 2012 16:27:44 +0000 Brian Shields 46784 at http://wamc.org