New England News
6:15 pm
Mon August 20, 2012

Springfield Schools Alert Parents To New Condom Policy

The second largest public school system in Massachusetts will make condoms available to students as young as 12 with the start of the new school year next week. The  condom availability in the Springfield schools is part of a comprehensive effort to combat high rates of teen pregnancy and sexually transmitted diseases.   WAMC's Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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New England News
4:10 pm
Wed August 15, 2012

State Official Pledges Funding To Repair Tornado Damaged Schools

Modular classrooms on the playground at the Brookings School which was heavily damaged by the June 1, 2011 tornado in Springfield MA

    The Massachusetts State Treasurer during a visit to Springfield Wednesday committed to fund the rebuilding of two tornado damaged schools.  Special action by state officials means city taxpayers should be off the hook for any expenses.   WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill reports.

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5:15 pm
Mon August 6, 2012

73 Percent of Vermont Schools Fail to Meet Standard

The Vermont Department of Education says 73 percent of Vermont schools have not met increased targets under the federal No Child Left Behind Act.

The 2012 results were released Monday.

Officials say the increase was caused by a rise in standards, which go up every three years with the goal of 100 percent of students being proficient in math, reading and science by 2014. The final target increase was in 2011.

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New England News
12:30 pm
Tue June 19, 2012

New School Superintendent Introduces Improvement Plan

  A new superintendent has been selected to lead the second largest public school system in Massachusetts.   The next  superintendent of schools in Springfield Massachusetts is a home grown product,  as we hear from WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill.

        Daniel Warwick, who started his career in education in 1976  as a teacher in the Springfield Public Schools, became a principal, a special education  supervisor, and eventually deputy superintendent, has been picked to be the  troubled urban school districts new chief administrator.

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New York News
7:53 am
Tue April 17, 2012

Much At Stake as NY Tests Students in its Schools

It's a big week for New York State's elementary school students and their teachers, as we hear in this report from WAMC's Dave Lucas…

For three days beginning today, students in grades 3 to 8 will hunker down with No. 2 pencils to take the state standardized tests in English Language Arts.

Next week, they'll tackle standardized math assessments.

Under a new state law, student performance on the tests will now account for as much as 40 percent of annual reviews for certain teachers.

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New York News
9:12 am
Thu March 29, 2012

NY Schools, Taxpayers Wary of Tax Cap Budget Hits

The proposed New York state budget being voted on in Albany is a major factor for public school officials and taxpayers headed into a dicey two months preparing and voting on budgets. WAMC's Dave Lucas has more…

Governor Andrew Cuomo and Senate and Assembly majorities agreed on a 4 percent increase in school funding, an $805 million boost in aid that now totals about $21 billion a year.  They’ve also agreed on a law that ties expenses to the inflation rate, driving similar annual increases in future years.

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