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  State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia says she won’t prevent parents who want their children to skip the state’s standardized tests from doing so. The commissioner detailed her views on the controversial Opt Out movement in an interview with public radio and television.

Twenty percent of children this year boycotted the third through eight grade math and English tests associated with the Common Core learning standards.

The Vermont Republican Party is hosting presidential candidate Senator Rand Paul this evening.

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Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey says the state has reached a first-in-the-nation agreement with the maker of an opioid overdose reversal drug.

Cecilia Tkaczyk

Former New York state Senator Cecilia Tkaczyk says she is leading an effort to take control of the Women’s Equality Party because she wants to make “sure women are running it.”

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The man suspected of shooting two men, one fatally, on Tyler Street in Pittsfield before fleeing to New York was arraigned in western Massachusetts Monday.

Garett Argianas' Evening Forecast

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Meteorologist Garett Argianas delivers the evening weather forecast for Monday, August 31, 2015.

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The public schools in Holyoke, Massachusetts opened this morning to begin the first full academic year under state receivership.  While a district turnaround plan is not yet finished, there have already been some changes.

On the first day of school, Stephen Zrike, the person appointed to reform the long-troubled Holyoke schools, joined Principal Barry Bascom to greet students at the front door of Dean Vocational Technical High School.  Later, Zrike observed classrooms at the K-8th grade McMahon school.

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As college classes are set to begin across the Hudson Valley, students got settled in over the weekend.

Facebook: Best Buy

Best Buy is closing two of its western Massachusetts stores this fall. The electronics retailer will not renew leases for its stores in Lanesborough or Hadley after they end October 31st.

Elia Clarifies Position On Opting Out

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New York State Education Commissioner Mary Ellen Elia is clarifying her stand on the opt out movement in an interview with public radio and television. As Capitol Correspondent Karen DeWitt reports, 20 percent of children this year boycotted the tests associated with the Common Core learning standards.

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