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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

Area briefs

Monday, June 16, 2014

Amherst SEEKING MENTORS: Big Brothers Big Sisters of Hampshire and Franklin Counties is in search of volunteers to serve as mentors to local young people. A recruiting session is scheduled for 5:30 to 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at the Platform Sports Bar, 125-A Pleasant St., Northampton. The event will … 0

Construction begins on four-story addition to Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion charter school, Hadley

Monday, June 16, 2014

HADLEY — A public charter school focused on immersing students in both Mandarin Chinese and English languages will begin an ambitious expansion project this week. The Pioneer Valley Chinese Immersion School will hold a ceremonial ground-breaking Tuesday at … 1

Unions push legislatures for labor history courses

Sunday, June 15, 2014

HARTFORD, Conn. — Unions and their allies are trying to flex their muscle in state legislatures, pushing for labor history to be included in social studies curriculum and hoping a new generation of high school students will one day be well-educated union members. But the results are instead … 0

Northampton High School Class of 1964 hosts 50th reunion

Friday, June 13, 2014

NORTHAMPTON — The Northampton High School Class of 1964 is holding its 50th reunion June 20 to 22. It was among the first high school classes in the baby-boomer generation that overwhelmed school facilities and, in Northampton, forced school officials to hold double and triple sessions to accommodate … 0

Around Southampton: Norris School roof still leaking, tennis courts upgraded

Friday, June 13, 2014

SOUTHAMPTON — The $975,000 project to replace the leaking roof at the William E. Norris School was completed last year, but to the consternation of school officials, there is still leaking in one area. Hampshire Regional School Superintendent … 0

Woman charged with prostitution at library

Thursday, June 12, 2014

TEWKSBURY (AP) — Police say they arrested a New Hampshire woman at the Tewksbury Public Library for allegedly requesting $60 to perform a sex act on an undercover officer. Brittany Macintyre, of Nashua, New Hampshire, was released on personal recognizance after pleading not guilty Wednesday in Lowell District … 0

Amherst Regional middle schoolers give test run to strategy for changing unruly college behavior

Thursday, June 12, 2014

They learned that changing behavior is tough. They learned that doing meaningful research is tricky. And they learned that explaining scientific formulas can be a brain twister. “Sometimes when I hear myself talking about this it sounds like … 1

Easthampton schools expand academic use of gardening

Thursday, June 12, 2014

EASTHAMPTON — With a boost from a grant, Easthampton schools have expanded their efforts to use gardening as an integral part of the academic program. Parents and school officials gathered Wednesday at White Brook Middle School in Easthampton … 0

President salutes tech school grads

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

WORCESTER — Saluting graduates as they leave the safety of high school behind, President Barack Obama held up a revitalized New England technical school on Wednesday as a model for the United States in an increasingly competitive global … 0

Jordana Harper-Ewert of Amherst signs three-year contract as Greenfield school superintendent

Wednesday, June 11, 2014

GREENFIELD ­— Jordana Harper-Ewert of Amherst signed a three-year contract with the Greenfield School Committee on Wednesday and will officially take over as school superintendent on July 1. The school board will pay her $135,000 in the first year. It has agreed to pay her $138,000 the next … 0