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Educational inequality likely to widen this fall as white students return to school and students of color learn from home

Roughly two-thirds of Black and Hispanic students live in districts where schools are starting the year remotely. By contrast, most white students—about 70 percent—live in school districts with “hybrid” back-to-school plans that include some learning time inside school classrooms.

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How Rhode Island brought most students back for in-person learning — and Massachusetts did not

In Massachusetts, only about a dozen districts, most of them made up entirely of elementary schools, plan to return all students to classrooms full time this fall. Meanwhile, in Rhode Island, the vast majority of the state’s 66 districts and charter schools plan to offer full-time in-person learning by October.

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Thousands of Boston’s neediest students remain in the dark about schools’ plans for fall

With less than three weeks left before the start of school, huge questions remain about what the fall will look like for thousands of students with disabilities in Boston, including when they will be able to return for in-person instruction and how extensive it will be.

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Spotty broadband challenges Western Mass. schools

Six years after the state completed a $90 million data network to serve the region, thousands of Western Massachusetts families and small businesses still do not have access to reliable high-speed Internet service.

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Your child’s a no-show at virtual school? You may get a call from the state’s foster care agency

Interviews with parents, advocates, and attorneys plus reviews of documents indicate that Massachusetts school officials have reported dozens of parents — almost always the mothers of low-income families — to state social workers for concerns related to online learning.

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Families with means leave public schools for private schools or ‘learning pods,’ raising concerns about worsening educational inequality

While experts say the shift is predictable, it could also have dire consequences in the near and long-terms, as these families — who are much more likely to be middle or upper-income — take with them vital funding and political advocacy for the public schools.

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‘My voice matters’: Brighton Debate en Español team gives students a platform to grow

Throughout the winter, scores of Boston students devoted much of their weekends to fervently argue about a single topic: whether the United States should limit its arms sales. Teens in the Boston Debate League verbally jabbed back and forth, poking holes in their opponents’ arguments.

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Nearly a dozen Massachusetts districts faulted for asking parents to sign away special education rights

The state says Granby and at least 10 other Massachusetts school districts, including Beverly, Malden, and Norfolk, violated state and federal special education laws by asking parents to absolve school districts of key special education responsibilities.