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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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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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Greg Desrosiers/TSM
Greg Desrosiers/TSM

New Bedford Teachers Welcomed By Local Community Organizations

The Buttonwood Park Zoo was filled with more than just animals Tuesday evening.

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LOU ST JOHN

New Bedford Teachers Told They’re Out of a Job

Speaking on WBSM's "Saturday Morning with Tim Weisberg" program, New Bedford Educators Association President Lou St. John said that teachers at New Bedford High School have already begun receiving letters informing them they won't be back next year

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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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