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Experts, advocates warn against Brockton calling in National Guard to quell high school violence

The school has been engulfed in turmoil for months, with its halls and classrooms drastically understaffed due in large part to cuts last year caused by back-to-back multimillion-dollar budget deficits.

Southwick Regional School, police probing ‘racist conversation’ involving students on Snapchat, officials say

Some students at Southwick Regional School recently engaged in a “highly inappropriate and racist conversation" online that was reported to local police, Superintendent Jennifer Willard said Tuesday.

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In Boston’s Jean McGuire, a legacy of success in those she uplifted

Jean McGuire’s legacy has largely been defined by her work in Boston Public Schools, and in her stewardship of Franklin Park, the crown jewel of Boston’s Emerald Necklace of green space that runs through the city.


MTA exerts more power amid a wave of teacher strikes, generating praise and scorn

The Massachusetts Teachers Association has undergone an ideological shift in which it has become a more populist workers’ rights movement that eagerly blocks state policies it opposes.

Some Newton parents join lawsuit seeking damages for 11-day teachers strike

A legal filing made Friday in Middlesex Superior Court seeks to expand an existing case, brought by the state and Newton School Committee against the union, to include parents in a class action.

The Newton teachers strike canceled February break. But some families are still going on vacation.

District leaders have made it clear that even though schools will be in session, students won’t be penalized for absences.

Mass. K-12 Education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley stepping down in March

Jeffrey Riley has served in the role for more than six years and is resigning effective March 15, he announced in a statement Thursday.

Teachers at Neighborhood House Charter School in Boston are unionizing

Neighborhood House, which educates 800 students in preschool through grade 12, joins about half a dozen of the state’s 70 independent charter schools that have unionized staff, according to the Massachusetts Charter Public School Association.