Worcester Telegram & Gazette 

07/01/2018

As I See It: Coming to terms with the legalization of marijuana and its impact on the community

The full text of Question 4 on the 2016 ballot related to the legalization, regulation, and taxation of marijuana was 11 pages long. Many of us only read the brief summaries of what a “yes” or “no” vote would do and voted “yes” with thoughts of fewer convictions for minor drug offenses and the positive impact of increased revenue on state and municipal budgets...

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette 

04/22/2018

Editorial: For Worcester, why not the best in public education? Strategic plan comes at the right time for a rising city.

It’s taken nearly a year to complete a new strategic plan for the Worcester Public Schools, the first such plan in a quarter century. It was unveiled last week. And if approved by the school committee after a formal presentation expected in June, the hard work truly begins...

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette

12/01/2017

As I See It: Behind the education strategic plan and how it’s progressing

In the winter of 2016, the Worcester Education Collaborative and the Worcester Regional Research Bureau produced a report - the Urgency of Excellence - that provided an overview of the Worcester Public Schools. Recognizing the significant changes in the work of teaching and learning, the needs of students as they prepare for life in an increasingly interconnected and technological world, and the changing demographics of both our city and our public school students...

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette

06/25/2017

As I See It: Worcester schools: A strategic advance

Worcester is embarking on a strategic planning initiative toward making the Worcester Public Schools one of the best urban systems in the country. While we do better than most urban systems in the state, there is much more that can be done to meet the needs of our students and the community...

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette

09/18/2016

As I See It: Cracks in Worcester’s ed foundation

Two recent headlines in this paper almost made my hair burst into flames: “Worcester Superintendent Says Fundraising Could Save Summer School” and “Worcester School Officials to Address Overcrowded Classrooms.”...

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette

07/25/2015

As I See It: Summer’s mental meltdown

Ideally summer is a time for playful learning but for many children, it’s a time of learning loss. According to research compiled by the National Summer Learning Association, children suffer significantly from the loss of academic skills during the two months of summer vacation. For low income children in particular these losses become cumulative and so contribute to an achievement gap that grows over time...

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette

10/01/2014

Most important 20 minutes

Several years ago Worcester and more than 150 cities across the country joined together in the Campaign for Grade Level Reading, a national effort to dramatically increase the number of children who read proficiently by the end of third grade. This is a critical benchmark as it is the point where students shift from learning how to read to reading to learn. The national campaign focuses on school readiness, summer learning loss, and chronic absenteeism...

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Worcester Telegram & Gazette

05/25/2013

Crisis in school suspensions

With a suspension rate of 12 percent, over twice the state average, Worcester public school students received over 4,800 out-of-school suspensions last year. That translates into nearly 35,000 of hours of lost instruction across the disciplines...

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