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Best Schools in Boston 2013

From class size to MCAS scores, we crunch the numbers on the top cities and towns within Greater Boston.

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Boston Schools Get a $2.5 Million Donation

“Did you know that someone born in America today is less likely to graduate high school than their parents?” Peter Lynch asked me this morning, […]

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Mayoral Forums Are Boring, But They Don’t Have To Be

Wednesday was a big day for Boston’s fledgling mayor’s race: In the morning, there was an eight-candidate forum at the Boston Society of Architects and, […]

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Want to Buy Your Own Observatory Dome? Here’s Your Chance.

Stargazers are in luck: a Massachusetts public school is auctioning off a massive structure that lets you scope the sky for celestial activity at night. […]

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Kung Food: Mixing Martial Arts With Urban Agriculture

Practicing martial arts requires a great deal of discipline, much of which, according to local experts, is derived from gardening and farming dating back to […]

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Why Wouldn’t Boston Want More Charter Schools?

There’s news today in the Globe that a group of advocates is pushing the state to abolish its limit on charter schools. The impetus is […]

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Carol Johnson’s Boston Public

As Carol Johnson prepares to step down after six tumultuous years as Boston’s superintendent of schools, her job performance has become a central issue in the city’s first competitive mayoral race in a generation. Critics portray her as an ineffective steward, while her admirers say she’s been a compassionate leader. So how’d she do, really?

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Carol Johnson, Boston Public Schools Superintendent, Steps Down

After six years at the helm of Boston Public Schools, Carol Johnson announced today that she’ll be stepping down at the end of the school […]

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Boston School Assignment Reform Attracts Some Opportunists

The Boston School Assignment saga has reached a resolution: the ‘Home-Based Plan’ will be implemented with the 2014-15 school year. The External Advisory Board deserves […]

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If You Cheat on the MCAS, Probably Don’t Tweet About It

Perhaps the most important lesson Massachusetts students will take away from their MCAS exam is that when they post things on the internet … other […]

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A Chinese MIT Grad Student Designed the New School Choice System

The Boston School Committee voted to approve a plan that ends the current school zone system, a decades-old legacy of the busing plan. The new […]

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Menino Charters the Way Forward

Tom Menino delivered his 20th State of the City Address last night in Faneuil Hall and, for all the hoopla over how good he looked post-hospital […]

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A Return to Taxachusetts?

Massachusetts has a pretty lousy national reputation when it comes to taxes, having been tarred with the nickname “Taxachusetts” back in the 1970s. And back […]

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Wellesley Schools Want Every Fifth-Grader to Have an iPad

Photo credit: Brad Flickinger via Flickr Tomorrow night Wellesley schools will host a parent forum to discuss a proposal requiring every fifth grader to bring […]

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What Was Yo-Yo Ma Doing at a Boston K-8 School?

What was famed cellist Yo-Yo Ma doing at a Roxbury K-8 school on Thursday? Glad you asked. Mr. Ma showed up to Orchard Gardens K-8 […]