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I WITNESS: The first annual ‘Profile in Hypocrisy’ award

The courageous understand the risk they take by telling the truth; cowards and hypocrites demonstrate a commitment to deception, even when the deception is both obvious and detrimental to everyone around them.

Amid pandemic, Berkshire Hills to transition next week from ‘enrichment’ to ‘directed learning’

The new directed learning will be more content-based than the earlier enrichment programming. Still, student work during this time will not be graded.

How South County schools are coping during ‘unprecedented times’

With end-of-year exams and graduations approaching, what are schools doing to keep the educational process going at such a crucial time of the year?

Gov. Baker extends school and non-emergency child care closings to May 4

The Baker-Polito administration announced steps to keep vulnerable families in their homes, preserve the health and safety of low-income renters and homeowners, and prevent homelessness due to reduced or lost income.

Potential future changes in South County public education

In a letter to the editor, Dennis Sears writes, "After deliberation, the group of eight town Regional School District Planning Committees and/or the two Regional School District Planning Committees meet and form a “Regional School District Planning Board,” which then organizes and moves down the formal path of investigation, analysis and planning, including meetings with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, etc., through the more detailed part of the process."

Consolidation for dummies: BHRSD and SBRSD officials briefed on nuts and bolts of merging

Forming a new or combined district, as both have indicated a willingness to explore, could take a minimum of two to three years. In addition, there would need to be a transition period of several months to a year.

News Brief: Mass. Senate unanimously passes Student Opportunity Act

School districts across the Commonwealth will benefit from updates to the existing Chapter 70 funding formula, along with increased state investment in other vital education aid programs such as transportation, school construction and renovation and special education.

At BHRSD-SBRSD summit, talk of potential merger and doing what’s best for students

School committee members noted that the driving force behind the merger should be greater opportunity for students and a desire "to keep education strong" in the two districts amid declining enrollments.

PROFILE: Sen. Adam Hinds looks back at legislative accomplishments – and challenges

The Edge recently sat down with Hinds in his Pittsfield office to discuss his proudest accomplishments, how to align workforce development needs with the education system, and his hopes and concerns about the rollout of recreational marijuana in the state, among other things.

News Briefs: Hinds staff office hours; Rural School Aid grant funding program restored

The Senate Committee on Ways and Means fiscal year 2020 budget proposal released Wednesday appropriates $1.5 million for the Rural School Aid grant program.

Career/Vocational Technical Education is gaining momentum at Monument Mountain Regional High School

Any new initiatives will build on the school’s strong pre-existing relationships with businesses and nonprofits, fostered in part through its longstanding internship program, which sends dozens of students into the community each year for a portion of the school day.

News Briefs: GB voter registration deadline; Knob Hill construction; Hinds named commission chair

Sen. Adam G. Hinds, D-Pittsfield, has announced that he has been appointed to co-chair the Special Commission on Improving Efficiencies in Student Transportation by Senate President Karen E. Spilka, D-Ashland.

BHRSD adopts career, vocational technical education initiatives

There was not the population for a dedicated vocational school and, over time, the number of programs offered dwindled. Now individual fields will not be stressed so much as the habits of mind and preparation to adapt to rapidly changing circumstances.

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.

News Brief: State Senate passes education reform

The bill implements the recommendations of the bipartisan Foundation Budget Review Commission, which found that the foundation budget formula is drastically underestimating education costs.

News Briefs: Galvin calls for automatic voter registration; Senate passes civics, financial literacy curricula; faith leaders to press Baker for climate action

More than 50 faith leaders and supporters representing at least 15 different faith traditions will confront Gov. Charlie Baker Monday, March 26, at the Statehouse about his refusal to meet with them regarding their concerns over climate change.
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