In Depth: Education
Since 2000, median family income in Massachusetts has risen only 13%, but even after adjusting for inflation, tuition and fees at UMass Dartmouth have increased by 57% — a $6,205 price hike.
Changes have made it more difficult, if not impossible, for some 8th grade teachers to use educational material centered around a play based on the Diary of Anne Frank and materials used in connection with Martin Luther King Jr.’s Letter from a Birmingham Jail.
Specific majors and departments at area universities are seeing enrollment drop in liberal arts courses as interest shifts to fields that have a more reliable track to the workforce.
Talk to anyone who has been involved in the renewal of downtown New Bedford over the last 20 years and they will tell you the arrival of UMass Dartmouth artists has been an integral part of the city’s revival.
The college dean sees the necessity to expand design space and downsize some underutilized studio arts spaces, while others worry the campus will lose the faculty and students who earned it a national reputation and played a role in the city’s revitalization.
After adoption as a mascot by Dartmouth High School, the logo has evolved from an insulting cartoon to a questionable attempt at representing a generic Indian, and finally, to what it is today.
“Over the last few days, I have received consistent overwhelming feedback from parents, some students, and staff suggesting that we also lift the mask mandate.” — Superintendent of Schools Thomas Anderson.
“There’s a huge majority of students who are doing fine. … But we have seen an increase in anxiety and depression which are consistent with national trends.” — Kathleen Mackenzie, supervisor of clinical and behavioral services at New Bedford Public Schools
“We need additional time to continue to share the vision for our proposed educational model in the community.” — Meg Mayo-Brown
“We’ve added more school counselors and we work with our staff to try to identify certain signs to help de-escalate situations.” — New Bedford Superintendent of Schools Thomas Anderson.
All games and athletic practices through the week have been paused, following a rise in COVID-19 cases among several athletic teams. Officials will reevaluate the situation over the weekend to decide if athletic activity can resume.
Innovators Charter School is applying to open admissions for a regional school serving grades 6-12 in the fall of 2022. If approved, ICS would eventually enroll 735 students.
By January, Alma will have built two entirely new school buildings, its original Ottiwell campus on Belleville Avenue and a second $24 million Douglass campus on Church Street.
The federal review comes more than a year after community groups urged reforms to the city’s School Resource Officer program, which places armed police officers inside schools.
State and federal education officials require the reporting of this data to monitor potential discrimination against students of color and students with disabilities.
After repeated public information requests, the School Department this week acknowledged that it had recorded 76 arrests of students and parents between 2017 and 2020.
In an email to The New Bedford Light, a spokesman acknowledged the schools have recorded a total of 76 arrests of students and parents between 2017 and 2020.
Amaral, who will not seek a third term, has been on the School Committee since he was little over a year out of UMass Dartmouth, where he was a political science major.
A report commissioned by Superintendent Thomas Anderson recommended substantial reforms to the SRO program, but all that might change is the program’s name.
New Bedford schools will receive upwards of $73 million in one-time federal relief funds aimed at safely reopening schools and addressing the needs of students affected by the pandemic.
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