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Amherst makes changes in discipline approach to decrease suspensions

Thursday, July 31, 2014

AMHERST — In an attempt to focus more on the causes of bad behavior than on the consequences, the Amherst school district has eliminated two secondary school deans and replaced them with “climate control coordinators.” The positions will be filled by two guidance counselors, Maureen Fleming at Amherst Regional High School and Talib Sadiq at Amherst Regional Middle School, said Faye Brady, director of student services. Mary Custard will continue … 0

Amherst schools again collecting backpacks, supplies to distribute to students in need

Monday, July 28, 2014

AMHERST — The Amherst school district is again collecting new backpacks and schools supplies to distribute before the start of school to students in need. This will be the project’s sixth year and the fifth for a companion effort, Safe Seats for Kids, which provides car seats for income-eligible families. Project Backpack is a collaborative effort by the schools and many community organizations … 0

Immigrant debate hits home in Lynn

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

LYNN — The national debate over an unprecedented wave of Central American young people entering the country illegally is more of a practical challenge in places like Lynn, a former industrial city outside Boston that’s thousands of miles from the U.S.-Mexico border. There, city officials complain newly arriving Guatemalan children are straining classroom … 0

Amherst school panel reverses reprimand of Amilcar Shabazz over use of ‘racist’ term for student

Monday, July 14, 2014

PELHAM — A quorum of the Amherst Regional School Committee on Monday faulted the decision of its chairman to reprimand member Amilcar Shabazz for allegedly calling an unidentified middle school student a racist. But to those who signed … 5

Teachers union targets education secretary

Sunday, July 13, 2014

LOS ANGELES — A national teachers convention on Sunday called for President Barack Obama to put Education Secretary Arne Duncan on an “improvement plan” as a prelude to replacing him. The action was taken by the American Federation of Teachers, which is meeting in Los Angeles. It represents … 0

Amherst officials fight bid to discuss, possibly 'disavow' Shabazz memo; Regional School Committee to take up issue today in Pelham anyway

Friday, July 11, 2014

AMHERST — In a tug-of-war that has enmeshed town clerks in four towns, the vice chairman of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee is pressing ahead with a Monday meeting to discuss a controversial reprimand of a fellow board … 7

Teacher tenure fight gains momentum with ruling

Friday, July 11, 2014

NEW YORK — A month after a California judge ruled that job protections for teachers violated children’s constitutional rights, one lawsuit making the same claim has been filed in New York, another has been announced and critics of teacher tenure in other states say they are preparing litigation … 0

Michael Morris named assistant superintendent of Amherst schools

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Michael Morris, director of evaluation and assessment for the Amherst public schools, has been named assistant superintendent of schools. The Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee and the Amherst School Committee voted Tuesday to accept Superintendent Maria Geryk’s recommendation to promote Morris, who joined the central administration in … 0

Amherst Regional School Committee to air differences over task force member’s comments, reprimand

Wednesday, July 9, 2014

AMHERST — The vice chairman of the Amherst-Pelham Regional School Committee has called a meeting for Monday to address comments about a racial assault involving middle school students that were made by the leader of a task force … 3

'This secrecy is really dangerous' Amherst middle school assault news to most students, residents

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — A racially fueled assault on a middle school student that Amherst school leaders say was “well known throughout the school community” is a mystery to residents and middle and high school students interviewed across Amherst Monday. … 6

Many officials OK with Amherst school's handling of racially-motivated assault, community still has questions

Tuesday, July 8, 2014

AMHERST — A white middle school student was attacked this spring by students of color apparently because of his skin color, but school officials did not report it to police at the request of the victim’s parents. That … 4

Backstory: Amherst opted for silence on white student 'aggressively, seriously' assaulted by students of color

Friday, July 4, 2014

AMHERST — Amherst’s top school official said Friday a spring incident in which a white student was targeted and “aggressively and seriously” assaulted by students of color was investigated and resolved internally. Superintendent Maria Geryk said in a … 7

Northampton names Candice Walczak new schools business manager

Thursday, July 3, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — Candice Walczak, business administrator for the South Hadley Public Schools, is the new finance chief for the Northampton School Department. Walczak was chosen by a search committee and appointed by the School Committee June 23. She will begin her new position Oct. 1. “I thought it … 0