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Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM
Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester addressing School Committee Thursday Night / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mitchell Chester Encouraged By Visit To New Bedford

Mass. Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says he's encouraged by what he saw Thursday in New Bedford's underperforming schools.

Chester visited both the Parker School and New Bedford High School

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Michele Furtado / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM
Michele Furtado / Photo by Jim Phillips / TSM

Fairhaven Woman Brings Fight Against Common Core To New Bedford

When state Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester drove up to the Parker School in New Bedford Thursday morning, he was greeted by Michelle Furtado of Fairhaven, a staunch opponent of the Common Core education standards in Mass

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Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM
Mayor Jon Mitchell on WBSM / Jim Phillips / TSM

Mayor: City Welcomes Education Commissioner’s Input

The state's Commissioner of Education is visiting New Bedford on Thursday, stopping at two of the city's underperforming schools for meetings with teachers, administrators and parents.

Mitchell Chester will start his day visiting classroom at the Parker Elementary School, which the state has designated as a level five school or chronically underperforming

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Pia Durkin Named “Turnaround Operator” for Parker School

New Bedford Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin admits she's never personally overseen a school takeover before, but is optimistic it will be a relatively smooth transition at the Parker School. Massachusetts Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester named Durkin the "turnaround operator" for the level five elementary school

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Comm. Chester
Comm. Chester

Commissioner Names Durkin As Turnaround Operator For Parker School

Mass.  Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester says Supt. Dr. Pia Durkin will be the turnaround operator for the John A. Parker school in New Bedford. 

Earlier this year, Parker School was declared chronically under-performing by the state, and has been designated a "level 5" school

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Commissioner Mitchell Chester
Commissioner Mitchell Chester

Parker School Recommendations Now Under State Review

 

State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is now reviewing a long list of recommendations on ways to improve student acheivement at the Parker School in New Bedford. 

A local stakeholers group, which included Supt. Dr.

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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.

Chester heard from school officials, teachers, and parents on any progress the school has made since it's "Level Four" designation three years ago, and where the school is still lacking

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flickr- Anne Marie Bettencourt
flickr- Anne Marie Bettencourt

New Bedford Native Anne Marie Bettencourt Named Mass. “Teacher Of The Year”

The Massachsuetts Teacher Of The Year works at Springfield Central High School, teaching ninth graders.  She's also a New Bedford native. 

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mr chupster, flickr

New Massachusetts Transgender Student Policy Causes Stir

A new statewide policy issued Friday by State Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester may have had good intentions, but is causing quite a controversy. The policy, which goes into effect today, allows Massachusetts public school students whom identify themselves as transgender to use facilities that are designated to a specific sex

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