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Newton canceled February break due to the teachers strike. More and more students skipped school as the week went on.

Nearly 40 percent of Newton students skipped school Friday — almost 10 times the typical absence rate.


Mayor Wu, Boston Public Schools call off plans to move the O’Bryant exam school to West Roxbury

The proposed move was announced in June, as part of an ambitious proposal to overhaul Boston’s high school system. The proposal would have moved the O’Bryant to a completely rebuilt facility at the now-vacant West Roxbury Education Complex on the VFW Parkway.

Winchester Public Schools will hire outside evaluator to review its early literacy instruction

The Winchester review comes as districts across the state watch to see whether the state Legislature passes a bill that would empower the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to determine which reading curriculums pass state muster.

Longtime Mass. special ed official, Russell Johnston, named acting education chief

Johnston will formally assume the role March 15, when outgoing education Commissioner Jeffrey Riley officially steps down.

Chesto means business

MCAS ballot question pits Massachusetts Teachers Association against business community — again

The high-profile ballot battle focuses on the fate of the poorest performing high school students — and whether passing the state’s MCAS test should remain a requirement for graduation.

‘There’s just not enough resources’: In wake of violence, Brockton High students say school needs more teachers

Multiple students detailed there being too few adults to supervise them and not enough resources for all students, including mental health services.

Legislation to mandate an admissions lottery for vocational schools advances on Beacon Hill with some changes

Social Justice advocates consider the redrafted bill a step in the right direction to increase student diversity at vocational schools, but the bill continues to face strong opposition from vocational school leaders.

‘No Violence Know Peace’: Advocates rally at Brockton High following calls for National Guard to quell violence

Brockton High has been engulfed in turmoil for months, with its halls and classrooms drastically understaffed after staffing cuts. Community members said they want to show students and staff they stand behind them.