Two neighborhoods in New Bedford, the South Peninsula and Near North End, have severe shortages, with some census tracts offering no child care at all.
“The housing crisis is very real. I think there’s kind of this esoteric idea of what the housing crisis looks like, and all of us in the school department see it every day. We see it every day with students who don’t have a reliable place to stay at night.” — Margaret Silva, housing specialist for New Bedford schools
State votes ‘yes’ on driver’s license question; Bristol County doesn’t agree
Two years ago, as a 21-year-old college senior, Gendreau won 43% of the vote as the first Republican challenger for 8th Bristol District since 1996.
“Yes, there’s an explanatory power of the pandemic, but it’s still a crisis to have 70% absenteeism.” — Walter Stroup, associate professor of education at UMass Dartmouth.
“There are students throughout the city whose IEPs (Individualized Education Plans) are in violation right now.” — Jillian Zangao, president of the paraprofessional union
This direct appeal to voters, known as a referendum petition, will reach a binding outcome, meaning whatever the voters decide becomes law.
“What we have to report are the two arrests that happened in the building,” Schools Superintendent Thomas Anderson said. Other arrests may have happened in the parking lot and pertained to issues, like domestic disputes, that did not originate in school.
There are 161 students in the district whose primary language is K’iché, according to a school district spokesperson. In total, there are 5,059 students, or 42% of students in the district, whose primary language is not English.
“They were basically dumped in the Vineyard with a lot of misinformation because the governor [of Florida] decided he wanted to prove something politically.” — Helena DaSilva Hughes, director of New Bedford’s Immigrants Assistance Center