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Back to School. Way Back.

One of the richest archaeological sites in Boston may be buried near Downtown Crossing. Now city archaeologist Joe Bagley and a team of interns and volunteers have the summer to unearth it.

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The State’s Vocational Education Problem

In 2008, Ed Bouquillon, then the new superintendent of Minuteman Regional Vocational Technical High School, noticed something odd: dozens of 8th graders who wanted to […]

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Say It, Don’t Spray It [Update]

Update:  At a meeting tonight, Boston Public Schools Superintendent John McDonough will tell School Committee members that there are no immediate plans to move forward with […]

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How Public School Lunches Are Going Healthy

Healthier lunch options in public schools may be on the way.

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Best Schools in Boston 2014

Our exclusive ranking of 65 area high schools. Plus, why the new president of the state’s teachers union wants to abolish testing altogether, and how Northeastern gamed U.S. News’s college-ranking system.

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How Tests Are Failing Our Schools

The newly elected president of the state’s teachers union wants to abolish our reliance on standardized test scores. And she’s not backing down.

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Alternative School Ranking

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Public vs. Private

Note: Data and rankings referenced below are from our 2014 Best Schools issue. Live here: Bedford Send your kids here: Middlesex School, Concord Cost of private school: $43,300 (day) Median […]

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President Obama Tells High School Graduates to Give Back

President Barack Obama doesn’t recall who gave the speech at his high school graduation because he was too focused on the after-party he planned to […]

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Before and After: Boston’s Public School Playgrounds

As the magazine looked back on Mayor Menino’s legacy this month, we noted how the landscape of the city has changed over two decades. There […]

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Are Massachusetts Schools Literally Melting?

Are Massachusetts schools literally melting? Short answer: Sort of! You know those days back in high school when your superintendent refused to cancel school during […]

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Mayoral Candidates Are Passionate (But Not Too Realistic) About Schools

Moderating a candidates forum—especially among 11 competitors—does not give one the best vantage from which to assess the performances. Nevertheless, I have a few observations […]

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BPS Introduces TipTxt to Stop Bullying

The combination of kids, school, and cell phones has been widely documented here and elsewhere as fraught terrain for parents to navigate. The kids are sexting! […]

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The Briefcase

Kevin Delaney had seen the old, gray briefcase in the Wayland High School history department’s storage room before. The case, one of those sturdy plastic […]

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Teachers: Some Back-To-School Advice When Talking About Summer Vacation

N.H. Wong, a public school teacher in Massachusetts, is writing under a false name in order to avoid a trip to the principal’s office.  Teachers […]