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Education reform: The battle ahead

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Five years ago, as George W. Bush was pushing No Child Left Behind, his younger, even sleazier sibling Neil was picking the initiative's pockets.
By CHRIS FARAONE  |  December 26, 2012
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Review: Brooklyn Castle


Katie Dellamaggiore's sweet, winning documentary spends one year with the chess team at Intermediate School 318, an inner-city junior high in Brooklyn, where despite a 70 percent poverty rate, the kids, grades 6-9, routinely win national championships.
By GERALD PEARY  |  November 12, 2012
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Resetting Boston's schools


Between now and the end of the year, Boston will wrestle with one of the most important policy decisions it has faced in years: reinventing the 23-year-old system used to assign 56,000 public-school students to 129 schools.
By EDITORIAL  |  October 09, 2012
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Review: Won't Back Down


Daniel Barnz's picture turns the American education crisis into a dumbed-down, Capraesque crowd-pleaser, with a malicious agenda to boot.
By JAKE MULLIGAN  |  October 02, 2012



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Surviving your first year

The intern’s guide to getting it right
I made it through my first year at college, and am beginning my second now — so my memories are still fresh, as well as the lessons I learned along the way.
By MELISSA NELSON  |  September 12, 2012
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Occupy energy ramps up Boston’s student power movement

OB 201: Intro to Tuition Strikes  
On a gray Saturday afternoon in Cambridge, the first meeting of Boston's new student power movement is assembled in a Harvard auditorium: about 50 students from more than eight Boston-area schools, working out goals, structures, and values.
By LIZ PELLY  |  September 12, 2012
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iPads innovate education in Massachusetts schools

Classroom engagement? There’s an app for that.
Imagine high school without textbooks.
By ARIEL SHEARER  |  August 03, 2012

Top Seat or Hot Seat?

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It must be challenging to come into a top spot for something in Maine when you're not a Mainer. I think being a person of color only makes it more challenging. Case in point: Portland's new school superintendent.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  July 18, 2012
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Not so ‘great’

Letters to the Boston Phoenix editors, July 6, 2012
I want to thank reporters Chris Faraone, Matt McQuaid, and the Phoenix for being one of the few media outlets to question and dig into the true agenda of Stand for Children and groups like it (see "The Price of Change," June 22).
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  July 03, 2012
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Teaching the 'fourth literacy': Codery goes live

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Call me hacker.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  June 27, 2012



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A new documentary explores immigrant youth and their place in Maine and America

The weight of the world
"Back in the Congo, we heard rumors that America is paradise — where everything is perfect, money flows like water, you can eat as much as you want, whenever you want, you can get anything," says Emmanuel Muya, one of 15 immigrant high school students featured in a new documentary, The Whole World Waiting , which will premiere at SPACE Gallery on Thursday.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  May 23, 2012

Grad students get the knife

Student Loan Cuts
On July 1 graduate and professional students will no longer be eligible for federally subsidized Stafford loans.
By MELISSA NELSON  |  May 16, 2012
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Brown bags it

How the Senator screwed college students. Plus, Obama and gay marriage.
Republican Senator Scott Brown's vote to allow the interest on college loans to double illustrates perfectly why Brown is a clever politician, but a rotten senator.
By EDITORIAL  |  May 09, 2012
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More teaching points

Letters to the Boston Phoenix  editors, April 6, 2012
The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) is not obscene (see "Q: Who Hates School Reform?" Editorial, March 23).
By BOSTON PHOENIX LETTERS  |  April 04, 2012
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Q: Who hates school reform?

A: The Boston Teachers' Union  
The Boston Teachers Union (BTU) is bipolar: it wants its members treated as if they were professionals, not wage slaves.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 21, 2012
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Can Anthony Gemma’s feel-good wonkery and pent-up rage beat David Cicilline this time?

Jekyll and Hyde
There is a strange duality to businessman Anthony Gemma's all-but-official Congressional campaign.
By DAVID SCHARFENBERG  |  March 21, 2012
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Education for the future

Plus, Mitt Romney and his racist, misogynist, know-nothing party
One of the few developments worth applauding on the sorry American political scene is the renewed focus on education.
By EDITORIAL  |  March 14, 2012
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At the hip-hop high school

Education Dept.
In his new book, Hip Hop Genius: Remixing High School Education , Sam Seidel describes a sign hanging at the juvenile detention facility in Cranston.
By PHILIP EIL  |  March 14, 2012
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A non-traditional career pioneer lives right here in Maine

Paving the way
Dale McCormick knows this fight.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  March 07, 2012

End Black History Month

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It's that time again! Let's roll out the black history materials and talk about African-Americans as if most people really care about them, during the shortest month of the year.
By SHAY STEWART-BOULEY  |  February 01, 2012



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Sex ed 101

Advice for students (of all ages): make it fun
If you're in the market for a steaming slice of sex advice, local sexologist Megan Andelloux is the woman you want to know.
By AMY LITTLEFIELD  |  January 24, 2012

Local adjunct professors fight for their piece of the pie

Coming to the table
Even as Governor Paul LePage and others tout the importance of the community college system in Maine, the adjunct professors at Southern Maine Community College and the University of Southern Maine are without contracts.
By DEIRDRE FULTON  |  January 25, 2012
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The cost of open courseware

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MIT's announcement last month of a new online certification program made national news.
By EUGENIA WILLIAMSON  |  January 20, 2012
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Twelve sweet ideas for Maine in 2012

Better by the dozen
With the new year upon us, we're looking into the future to see what things will be making Maine better in the coming 12 months. Here's a selection of things we'll be watching — and you should, too.
By DEIRDRE FULTON, JEFF INGLIS, AND NICHOLAS SCHROEDER  |  January 04, 2012



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Portland schools are 'learning to succeed'

Portland 101
Portland's public-school employees and leaders are working hard to meet the needs of every student in the system, but when asking themselves whether they've accomplished that, "the answer is 'Not yet,'" according to School Board chairman Kate Snyder.
By JEFF INGLIS  |  November 02, 2011



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