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TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L)
TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L)

Durkin Plans Forum On School Violence

Following an apparent bullying incident this month at Normandin Middle School where a student was seriously hurt, Supt. Pia Durkin is planning a forum to discuss school violence.

Durkin says an anti-bullying program is stressed in all middle schools, but schools can't do it alone

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM - NB School Committee at Keith Middle School
Greg Desrosiers/TSM - NB School Committee at Keith Middle School

Longer Days Ahead For Students

Some New Bedford students will be spending more time in school beginning this fall.

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TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) addresses School Committee
TSM - Dr. Pia Durkin (L) addresses School Committee

Durkin Responds To Rumors About NBHS Turnaround Plan

Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin wants to set the record straight about the turnaround plan to be implemented at New Bedford High School.

Addressing the New Bedford School Committee Monday night, Durkin said while the turnaround model will require a 50% turnover of educators and staff at the High School, no decisions have been made as of yet

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NB School Committee Hires New Chief Academic Officer

A middle school principal from Worcester with a background in urban education has been named  the new Chief Academic Officer for New Bedford Public Schools. 

The School Committee approved the appointment of Jason DeFalco Monday night in a unanimous vote

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TSM - New Bedford High School joins list of underperforming schools in Commonwealth
TSM - New Bedford High School joins list of underperforming schools in Commonwealth

Durkin: Improving MCAS Scores At NBHS Is “Doable”

School officials say a lot of work needs to be done to drastically improve MCAS scores in New Bedford. 

The 2013 scores were generally about the same as last year around the district, but New Bedford High School joined the Parker School and Hayden-McFadden as "level four" or underperforming schools

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TSM - New Bedford School Committee meets Monday night.
TSM - New Bedford School Committee meets Monday night.

Teachers Union President Says Morale Is Low In City Schools

The President of the New Bedford Educators Association says morale is very low in city schools. 

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State Budget Contains Funding For New Bedford Schools And More

There's some good news for New Bedford schools coming from the state budget.  The spending plan includes an additional $4 million in funding for the city school system. 

Rep. Antonio Cabral made the announcement on Monday, saying its appropriate the delegation has securred the additional money on Supt

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TSM - Barry Haskell (L) and Interim Superintendent Michael Shea (R) waiting to speak at a recent City Council Budget Hearing.
TSM - Barry Haskell (L) and Interim Superintendent Michael Shea (R) waiting to speak at a recent City Council Budget Hearing.

Mike Shea Ends Tenure As Interim Superintendent

The interim Superintendent of New Bedford Schools is heading back to retirement. 

Former Voke Tech administrator Mike Shea held down the post for 14 months, dealing with budget problems, making key hires, and fending off a threatened takeover of the school system by the state

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