New Bedford Light columnist Jack Spillane and Assistant Superintendent of Finance and Operations Andrew O’Leary talk New Bedford schools.
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 don’t understand the harm that it’s causing … or what it’s doing to our teaching and learning environment.” — Cynthia Roy, biology teacher and executive committee member of the Massachusetts Teachers Association.
New Bedford High classmates championed an idea for a School-Based Health Center, then helped secure funding to benefit local students
Across the region, there are more than twice as many children below the age of 5 than there are available child care slots, according to a report from the SouthCoast Community Foundation. This mismatch in demand is higher than the state average.
Thanks to a revised state funding formula, next year’s school budget will increase by $27.2 million, or 13%, bringing proposed spending to $233.4 million.
Even when everything in the central kitchen works as it should, Assistant Director of Food Services Alice Johnson calls the whole operation inefficient.
Among the recent lessons, Sea Lab teachers conducted a field trip to Cuttyhunk, where students would complete field tests on water salinity, visit nesting sites of migratory birds, and more.
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.
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