Monday, July 15, 2024

News and Ideas Worth Sharing



BUSINESS MONDAY: Spotlight on New Marlborough Meeting House—”preserving history, celebrating cultural creativity”

Almost two hundred years later, the Meeting House is still celebrated as a sacred space vibrant with programming to serve the local and surrounding communities.

Let the cash flow: Rural school aid envisioned by Hinds becomes a reality

The funding is intended to help school districts with low population densities and lower-than-average incomes address fiscal challenges and take steps to improve efficiency.

News Brief: Mass. Senate adopts amendment establishing Rural School Aid

A report filed by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education in January found that rural districts across the Commonwealth face unique challenges that impact their ability to deliver quality services to their students.

State auditor cites Berkshire Hills in sweeping study of regional school districts

"While our state’s educational system is highly regarded throughout the country, our analysis found that the processes governing school regionalization and its funding are antiquated, and have not kept pace with the modern challenges facing communities." -- State Auditor Suzanne Bump

Anger at School Committee not a good reason to reject SBRSD budget again

All a rejected budget will do is cause more chaos and quite possible prompt the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to intervene.

Southern Berkshire School Committee adopts same $16m budget, without funding 2 village schools

Quite apart from getting the budget passed before July 1 is the question of how to find the extra $52,000 to restore transportation to New Marlborough Central School for next year.

SBRSD School Committee: No penalty for opting out of standardized tests

The Southern Berkshire Regional School District (SBRSD) School Committee resolves that neither parent who chooses to opt their children out of the PARCC, MCAS, MCAS 2.0, or any other high stakes standardized test nor students will not be subject to any negative consequences from the SBRSD administration or the SBRSD School Committee. 

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