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Durkin’s Budget Reduced By $4.4 Million, Mayor Still Thinks It’s Too High

Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin presented her revised budget proposal to the New Bedford School Committee Wednesday night during a budget workshop meeting.

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Investigation Into Chokehold Incident Complete, Vice Principal No Longer Employed By District

An assistant principal at a New Bedford middle school accused of placing a student in a chokehold is no longer an employee of the New Bedford Public School District.

Jon Carvalho, spokesman for Superintendent Dr

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School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM
School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM

Schools Update Discipline Policies

New state-wide suspension policies were outlined during Monday night's School Committee meeting.

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Dr. Pia Durkin Addressing School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM
Dr. Pia Durkin Addressing School Committee / Jim Phillips / TSM

School Committee Appoints Interim Special Ed Director

In light of recent issues in the Special Education Department, the New Bedford School Committee appointed an Interim Executive Director to take charge.

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM

MCAS Soon To Be Replaced In New Bedford

The days for MCAS testing in New Bedford schools are numbered after Monday night's School Committee meeting.

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Tim Boyle/Getty Images
Tim Boyle/Getty Images

New Bedford Students To Receive Free Breakfast, Lunch Next Year

Starting next year, students attending New Bedford Public Schools won't have to pay for meals.

In a written release from Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin's office today, the New Bedford School District has been selected to participate in a new federal program called the "Community Eligibility Option", which waives meal fees for all children and eliminates the need for families to submit financial eligibility forms

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Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Mayor Mitchell delivering FY15 budget proposal to city council.
Greg Desrosiers/TSM - Mayor Mitchell delivering FY15 budget proposal to city council.

Mayor Presents FY15 City Budget

Mayor Jon Mitchell presented his proposed budget to the City Council Wednesday night.

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Google Street view

Parents Invited To Bring Concerns To Normandin Middle School

Parents of New Bedford middle school students are being urged to attend a community forum Wednesday night.

The meeting with Superintendent Dr. Pia Durkin and other officials will center on improving the climate in the city's middle schools, especially after recent events involving student fights at Normandin and the high school

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TSM

Listeners React to Dartmouth’s Ban on FUN 107

Dartmouth public school buses are no longer playing the chart-topping tunes of today.

Complaints from several parents over suggestive and inappropriate lyrics have urged administrators to ban FUN 107 from being played on the buses

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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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