City school projects waiting for action as state pauses program

The Massachusetts School Building Authority’s decision to pause its Accelerated Repair Program, coupled with its dwindling selection of core projects, has posed a significant challenge to cities across Massachusetts, and New Bedford in particular.

Long hours, hard work, special training … and low pay

More than 300 paraprofessionals in New Bedford are currently working in their sixth month without an updated contract, after December negotiations failed to make inroads. An arbitration session is set for Jan. 4.

Chronic absenteeism a growing problem in Mass. schools

The New Bedford Light reported on Monday that nearly 70% of NBHS students missed 10% or more of school, and that the school district’s overall absenteeism was 47% — far higher than the 28% figure statewide.

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