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Lucy Francis, of Lynn, Mass., center, displays a placard and chants slogans during a rally, Tuesday, July 22, 2014, on the steps of City Hall, in Lynn, Mass., held to protest what organizers describe as the scapegoating of immigrants for problems in the city. The mayor of Lynn and education officials complain their schools are being overwhelmed by young Guatemalans who speak neither English or Spanish as their first language. (AP Photo)

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 resources, and the mayor and school superintendent … 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 the memo that chastised Shabazz for his comments, including Chairman Lawrence O’Brien and Katherine Appy, … 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 another marker in the long-running erosion of relations between organizations that represent instructors and the … 0

Jordana Harper-Ewert of Amherst takes over as Greenfield school superintendent

Tuesday, July 1, 2014

GREENFIELD — After weeks of meeting with community members and getting to know Greenfield better, Jordana Harper-Ewert took over Tuesday as the leader of the School Department. The Amherst resident has spent the past few weeks touring Greenfield’s country roads, meeting with community leaders, working with the School … 0

‘Accidental’ teacher Anne Marie Osheyack of Northampton High School reaps another honor

Friday, June 27, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — When Anne Marie Osheyack was growing up in New Bedford, she says, school was her “safe haven.” The 9th grade English teacher at Northampton High recalls that school gave her the support that she did not often get at home. She credits two of her high … 0

Chicago Public Schools to lay off more than 1,100

Thursday, June 26, 2014

CHICAGO — Roughly 1,100 Chicago Public Schools employees, including 550 teachers, are being laid off because of declining enrollment, officials said Thursday. The 550 teachers are eligible to reapply for jobs in the CPS system, officials said. Historically, CPS officials said, more than 60 percent of displaced teachers … 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

A call to make next year different at ARHS

Thursday, June 26, 2014

AMHERST — Special education teacher Momodou Sarr, who has run what he calls crosscultural conversations at the Bangs Community Center and at Amherst Regional High School, said he believes administrators, staff and faculty tried hard to support each … 0

Anger, embarrassment and sorrow: Amherst Regional teachers speak out about the school’s year of racial strife

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AMHERST — The year started full of promise at Amherst Regional High School for advancing its reputation as a place that takes racial concerns to heart. But the year ended Thursday with anger, embarrassment and sorrow over a … 0

Amherst school board members send state a message by staying with MCAS tests next year

Wednesday, June 25, 2014

AMHERST — Students in the Amherst schools will continue to take MCAS standardized tests next year rather than participate in tryouts of the Partnership for Assessment of Readiness for College and Career (PARCC) tests. Both the Amherst School Committee and the Amherst Regional School Committee have voted to … 0

Residents urge social justice action in Amherst

Tuesday, June 24, 2014

AMHERST — At the close of a school year roiled by racist incidents, members of community groups who planned to voice their social justice-related concerns with the regional school committee Tuesday were upset after their time to speak was limited. Around 30 members of various groups turned up … 0

Social justice advocates plan to talk 'de facto segregation' at joint meeting of Amherst, Amherst Regional school committees tonight

Monday, June 23, 2014

AMHERST — Representatives of a coalition of groups working to advance social justice causes in town are calling for people to turn out at the final joint meeting this academic year of the Amherst and Amherst Regional School committees Tuesday to remind them that they expect concrete action … 0

ARHS teacher Barber-Just one of four nationally honored by Williams College

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Passionate. Tireless. Beautiful. Powerful. Courageous. Compassionate. Bold. Brilliant. This is how your students describe you, Sara Barber-Just. Barber-Just, an English teacher at Amherst Regional High School, was standing at the front of the stage at Williams College at … 0