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New Bedford Teachers Union President Dreading Layoffs

There are other cuts that can be made without putting teachers on the chopping block first. That's the word from New Bedford Educators Association President Lou St. John as the school committee weighs laying off 250 people, at least 100 of them teachers

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tsm - file photo

Marlene Pollock Defends New Bedford School Committee Amidst Deficit Talks

New Bedford School Committee member Marlene Pollock says the school department is working on becoming more transparent after bad business practices led to a multi-million dollar deficit.

Pollock appeared on WBSM's "Mid-Day Live" Friday, and says former business manager Deb Brown was largely responsible for putting the complex budgets together, and provided the School Committee with incomplete information

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Committee Takes Historic Innovation School Vote

After months of heated debate and passionate arguments for and against Innovation Schools, the New Bedford School Committee held its vote on the two proposals Monday.

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Hits Taken, Shots Fired for New Bedford Innovation Schools

Those in opposition to innovation schools in New Bedford seemed to greatly outnumber those in favor of the two proposals.

Both sides were allowed to say their peace concerning the Esperanza School of Language and Culture and the Renaissance Community School for the Arts at a public hearing Wednesday night

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School Committee Picks Next New Bedford Superintendent

New Bedford has a new superintendent, and its Dr. Pia Durkin.

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TSM-Dr. Steve Zrike speaks with Mayor Jon Mitchell following Monday's interview
TSM-Dr. Steve Zrike speaks with Mayor Jon Mitchell following Monday's interview

Chicago Official Fields School Committee Questions as Superintendent Interviews Begin

After several months of searching, New Bedford was introduced to the first of three Superintendent candidates Monday.

Dr. Steven Zrike of the Chicago School system was interviewed by the School Committee about his experience managing 26 elementary schools in that city, challenges he's faced in urban school districts, and his leadership style

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New Legal Opinion on Innovation School Proposals

The state Executive Office of Education has overturned a ruling on New Bedford's Innovation School proposals. In a letter submitted to the School Committee Monday, counsel James DiTullio categorized the Esperanza and Renaissance proposals as "new" schools

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Innovation School Supporters Show Strength at School Committee

Supporters of two Innovation School proposals took their case to the New Bedford School Committee Monday.

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A Change of Heart on Innovation Schools?

A prominent supporter of two innovation school proposals in New Bedford may be reconsidering his position. Monday's School Committee meeting featured a state presentation on the guidelines for innovation schools, and public comment from a group of teachers opposed to the proposals for the Esperanza and Renaissance Schools

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New School Committee Member for New Bedford

Seven candidates tossed their hats into the ring for New Bedford's School Committee vacancy, but only one emerged victorious Monday.

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