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How well do you know Massachusetts?

Massachusetts may soon have an official rock song, but what about the state's other emblems and symbols? Test your knowledge with this quiz.
  • What is the official state beverage or emblem?

  • Who is the official folk hero of Massachusetts? Hint: He was born in Leominster.

  • What sport was invented in Springfield, and is now the official state sport?

  • What is the state bird? Hint: It is one of the most familiar North American birds.

  • How many presidents were born in Massachusetts?

  • What is the state insect, Adalia bipunctata, commonly known as?

  • What is the official state rock or rock emblem?

  • Who is the songwriter of the official state folk song "Massachusetts"?

  • What town is the geographic center of the state?

  • The school children of Massachusetts petitioned to have what type of muffin be the official state muffin?

  • True or False: Square dancing is the official folk dance of the Commonwealth.

Source: The state of Massachusetts; Credit: Dan Schultz, Jesse Nunes, Alexa McMahon/Globe Staff

State approves plan for Salem’s Bentley School to become a charter

Salem’s Bentley School, one of the lowest achieving public schools in the state, will become a charter school next fall.

Last week, the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education awarded two new charters, choosing Bentley, a K-5 elementary, and the UP Academy Charter School of Springfield. Both will be Horace Mann charter schools, funded by the local school districts but run by an independent board.

The Salem school will be called the Bentley Academy Charter School.

“The in-district charter gives us an opportunity to focus — and I think in a stronger way — on some of the needs of the students in that school,” said Salem Mayor Kim Driscoll, who also chairs the School Committee and supported Bentley’s shift to a charter.

For the last four years, Bentley has struggled with academic achievement.

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