education reform

New England News
12:53 pm
Sat November 2, 2013

Education Commissioner Discusses Decision To Order Takeover Of Four Schools

Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester

For the first time under a 2010 education reform law in Massachusetts the state is taking over four struggling schools.  The state will place into receivership two schools in Boston, one in New Bedford and the Morgan Community School—a K through 8th grade school—in Holyoke.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with the Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester about the action.

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New England News
3:56 pm
Wed October 2, 2013

Students, Staff Work On Culture Of New Charter School

The Baystate Academy Charter Public School occupies a former parochial school in Springfield, MA
Credit WAMC

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.

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New England News
12:50 pm
Sun September 15, 2013

NEA President Discusses Challenges Facing Schools

NEA President Dennis Van Roekel
Credit NEA

National Education  Association President Dennis Van Roekel was on a back-to-school tour last week.  The head of the 3 million member teachers union visited schools in several cities across the country.  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

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New England News
12:48 pm
Sun August 25, 2013

New School Year Begins With Plenty Of Challenges

Daniel Warwick, Superintendent of Schools in Springfield, Massachusetts
Credit SPS

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.   Daniel Warwick is beginning his second year as Superintendent of Springfield Public Schools.  WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with him about his plans to address the system’s chronic problems.

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Vox Pop
3:00 pm
Wed February 13, 2013

Vox Pop : Open Forum - Your reactions to the State of the Union : 2/13/13

Official portrait of President Barack Obama in the Oval Office, Dec. 6, 2012.
Credit Official White House Photo / Pete Souza

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.

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.

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North Country News
6:59 am
Thu January 17, 2013

Vermont School Boards and Superintendents Issue Reform Agenda

Credit Jared Benedict

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.

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.  Vermont Superintendents Association Executive Director Jeff Francis says the state has a good public education system, but in a global economy it must be better.  Francis explains that the associations began crafting the five-point plan last fall.

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New York News
12:40 pm
Thu January 3, 2013

Tim Kremer - New York State School Boards Association

Tim Kremer

WAMC's Brian Shields speaking with Tim Kremer, the executive director of the New York State School Boards Association.

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.

Hudson Valley News
12:40 pm
Mon September 10, 2012

Randi Weingarten - American Federation of Teachers

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.

New York News
12:27 pm
Thu August 30, 2012

Tim Kremer - New York State School Boards Association

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.