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GNB Voc-Tech “Consistent” Despite Drop to Level 2

Sue Demers of GNB Voc-Tech joined me on Saturday morning to discuss Middle School Night this coming Friday, and also addressed the recent news that the school had dropped from a Level 1 to a Level 2 school following the latest MCAS results.

Demers said that Voc-Tech had previously been

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Students at Global Learning Public Charter Schools
Students at Global Learning Public Charter Schools

Global Learning Charter School Sees Major Jump In MCAS Scores

MCAS scores at the Global Learning Charter Public School in New Bedford improved the most ever in school history.

The state had placed the charter school on probation, and had given the administration through next year to improve academic achievement

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Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images
Photo by Chung Sung-Jun/Getty Images

New Bedford Shows Modest Gains In MCAS

State Education officials say 88 percent of high school sophomores passed the standardized MCAS exam on their first try this year, though achievement gaps persisted and several schools in the state's largest cities were in danger of failing

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New Bedford High School Marching Band performing recently in Dartmouth / Greg Desrosiers/TSM
New Bedford High School Marching Band performing recently in Dartmouth / Greg Desrosiers/TSM

Instruments Needed For Students In New Bedford

New Bedford Public Schools and the Symphony Music Shop on State Road in Dartmouth are teaming up to collect "gently used" instruments for school kids in New Bedford.

Bob Williamson with Symphony Music says his shop has been working with the school system off and on, for years

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Mayor Jon Mitchell / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Defends School Committee Letter

Mayor Jon Mitchell says the operational and policy issues facing the New Bedford School Committee are not the business of the City Council.

The School Committee wrote the Council a letter this week, asking Councilors to respect the school board's boundaries

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Jim Phillips | TSM
Jim Phillips | TSM

Morad To Continue Pressing School Officials For Answers

Members of the City Council aren't happy about the latest communication from the New Bedford School Committee.

The Committee wrote the Council a letter this week, asking that they respect the boundaries of the school board, and that any concerns be sent directly to the Superintendent

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Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Coakley, Baker Spar Over Pre-Kindergarten Costs

Democratic candidate for governor Martha Coakley says her plan to eliminate a waiting list of 17,000 children seeking state vouchers for pre-kindergarten would cost an estimated $150 million annually

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Small Fire At GNB Voc-Tech

A fire in a carpentry shop at Greater New Bedford Voc-Tech High School kept firefighters busy for a short while Monday afternoon.

The blaze was reported just before 5pm. District Chief Jeff Pothier tells WBSM News, the smoky fire was located in a barrel containing wood chips and some oily rags

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New Bedford High School
New Bedford High School / Jim Phillips / TSM

Scheduling Issues Mar Start Of School Year At NBHS

New Bedford High School Headmaster Kathleen Dawson told the School Committee Monday night, the opening of the high school was okay, but not as smooth as she had hoped.

Many students didn't receive their schedules till the first day of school, and some of those schedules were wrong

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Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images
Photo by Ian Waldie/Getty Images

City Council Wants Answers On School Issues

The City Council is demanding answers from the School Committee.

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