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A look at the Supreme Court’s ruling

The Supreme Court issued two rulings Wednesday that bolstered gay marriage. Use the graphic below to see how the tool affected Here's a quick look at how the rulings affected gay marriage laws..
States that ban same-sex marriage
States that allow same-sex marriage
Proposition 8
Ruled that a lower federal court did not have the right to appeal a California court's ruling, which repealed Proposition 8, California's ban on same-sex marriage.
Before ruling
After ruling
This ruling opens the door for California to legalize same-sex marriage...
Defense of Marriage Act
Ruled that the Defense of Marriage Act, which withheld federal benefits to same-sex couples, was unconstitutional.
Before ruling
After ruling
... which would allow same-sex couples access to federal benefits.
Federal benefits?

SOURCES: Globe reporting

Alvin Chang / 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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