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Brian Questions Comm. Mitchell Chester About Teaching To The Test [Video]

Brian The Cab Driver has an exclusive interview with Massachusetts Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education Mitchell Chester. The commish outlines the future of standardized testing, why the new state assessment, MCAS 2...

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New Bedford Councillor Calls for More Discipline Autonomy in Schools

Ward Three New Bedford City Councillor Henry Bousquet wants to see more autonomy in the way of discipline in public schools.

Bousquet says the State Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has stripped teachers and administrators of their ability to effectively discipline disruptive and unruly students...

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Would You Consider Striking on PAARC Testing Day?

According to a Standard Times, the schools Superintendent believes New Bedford parents, teachers and students "need to embrace" Parcc testing or feel the pain courtesy of the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education...

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Mass. Seeking Help In Creating Next MCAS Test

Boston (AP) - The state is looking for help designing a new version of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test.

The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education on Tuesday formally requested proposals from private companies to help develop and build the ``next-generation MCAS'' test...

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Form or Letter: Another Reason To Refuse PARCC Testing

Following up on Tuesday's post, PARCC: Opting out vs. Refusal, I've heard from the New Bedford School Department. Jon Carvalho states, correctly, that there is no official state Opt-out form for parents/students to just say no to the PARCC assessments...

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Who Really Controls New Bedford Government Schools?

New Bedford School Committee man Chris Cotter comes in to the Brian's Beat studio. The hot topic is the lack of control New Bedford residents, taxpayers, families and the elected school committee have over their schools

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NBHS Five Year Graduation at 67%

When I think of a 5th year senior, my imagination conjures up a college football player, red shirted for a year to gather more maturity for the sport...

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City’s School District Continues to Make Progress in Accelerated Improvement Plan

According to a presentation by the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE), New Bedford continues to turn around its school district.

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School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM

Durkin Sets Goals For 2014-15 School Year

New Bedford Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin is setting her goals for the current school year.

Durkin outlined her agenda before the School Committee Monday night...

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TSM - DESE Commissioner Mitchell Chester holds a roundtable at Parker Elementary School.
TSM - DESE Commissioner Mitchell Chester holds a roundtable at Parker Elementary School.

State Takeover Looms over New Bedford School

During a roundtable at the "Level Four" Parker School, Department of Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester made it clear...

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