Springfield Public Schools


   A project to inspire the next generation of engineers in America will start this fall in the middle schools of Springfield, Massachusetts.


A recent rash of unfounded threats of school violence brought a stern warning today from a top law enforcement official in western Massachusetts.

Springfield Public Schools

     The Springfield Public Schools face a $6.8 million deficit in next year’s budget.

     A community health organization formed in Springfield, Massachusetts 20 years ago has started the new year by changing its name. 


  Construction is underway on a new food center that will provide improved nutrition for tens of thousands of children in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts.

      Classes begin Monday August 28th for nearly 26,000 students in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts.


Students will begin classes on August 28th in the second-largest school district in Massachusetts after what officials described as a “summer blitz” of construction.

    With an improved economy and lower unemployment rate, the second-largest school district in Massachusetts is looking to fill dozens of immediate job openings.


    After two decades as president of the teachers union in the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts, Tim Collins is formally retiring at the end of the month.  


    The City Council in Springfield, Massachusetts has scheduled a series of public meetings on the budget proposed to operate the city in the next fiscal year.  The first of the four scheduled budget review sessions is later today, with a final vote by the council tentatively set for mid-June. 


   There is a diversity gap in the public schools in Massachusetts. As the student population in the state has grown more diverse over the last several years, the state’s teaching corps has remained predominately white.   Some school districts are trying to close the gap.

      Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker, during his State of the Commonwealth Address a week ago, touted a new education model called “school empowerment zones.” 

         The only one of its kind is in Springfield where the city’s nine middle schools operate in an Empowerment Zone Partnership. 

        WAMC’s Pioneer Valley Bureau Chief Paul Tuthill spoke with Chris Gabrieli, who chairs the independent board that oversees the schools.


    In a first for a public school system in Massachusetts, the Springfield School Department is building its own food services center.


    Labor Day is a week away, but school is back in session in many places including the second-largest public school district in Massachusetts.


     An effort is under way in one western Massachusetts city to get young children to pick up a book, or two, before they head back to school in a few weeks. 

Officials say good progress was made during the first year of an initiative to turn around the struggling middle schools in the second largest public school system in Massachusetts.  The nine middle schools in Springfield are operated by a public-private partnership in a model that more closely resembles what a lot of charter schools do.


The food service program operated by the public school system in Springfield, Massachusetts, which has been lauded for its high participation rates, does not take the summer off.  A free summer meals program for school-age children began today.

The Springfield Public Schools’ summer food service program operates at more than 2 dozen locations including schools, parks, and public housing complexes.  Most locations serve both breakfast and lunch.

Because of Springfield’s high poverty rate, all of the city’s roughly 30,000 school-age children are eligible for free meals.

A new budget has been adopted for the second-largest public school system in Massachusetts that officials say puts “students first.”   The Springfield Public Schools will spend more money next year on technology in the classrooms, early childhood education, and launch a program to put a computer in the hands of every student.

Wellspring Cooperative

A plan to build a worker cooperative greenhouse in western Massachusetts has received a boost with the announcement of purchasing commitments from several large institutions.


A community campaign to improve early child literacy in Springfield, Massachusetts has won national honors. 

 Springfield’s “Reading Success by 4th Grade” initiative was cited for making measurable progress on eliminating barriers faced by children from low-income families that can block them from becoming proficient readers.


In what is believed to be a first for a school district in Massachusetts, the Springfield School Department is going to build its own food services center. It will be a centralized warehouse and production facility to support a growing meals program in the state’s second largest public school system.


The federal official in charge of national nutrition programs was in Springfield, Massachusetts Friday to see a unique effort that has dramatically increased the number of children who start the school day with a nutritious breakfast.

When 2,000 students stream through the doors of Central High School every morning just after 7, breakfast is waiting for them – right in their first period homeroom.


Massachusetts four-year high school graduation rates climbed for the ninth year in a row in 2015 with some of the largest gains recorded by some minority groups and students from low-income families. The second-largest school district in the state, Springfield, boasted the best improvement of any urban district in the state. 

Gov Baker participates in a roundtable discussion on education

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker, who is a strong advocate for more charter schools, recently visited a charter school-like program operated by a public-private partnership in Springfield.

The middle schools in Springfield began a dramatic transformation just about a year ago in a bid to lift the schools out of the bottom academic rung and avert a likely state takeover. The schools were placed under the control of a board with representatives appointed by the city, the state education department, and Empower Schools, a private education company.


A national charity that provides babies and pre-teen children living in poverty with essentials including clothing, shoes, toys, and school supplies is expanding into western Massachusetts from its base in the Boston area.

Before the new school year started last fall in Springfield, 6,400 children received backpacks full of school supplies at no cost to their families.  Now, more than 1,000 homeless children in the Springfield schools will get free winter coats.  The donations are the product of a new partnership between the city’s public schools and Cradles to Crayons.


Massachusetts education officials today released the annual accountability designations for the state’s public schools.

About a third of the state’s public schools met goals this year for academic achievement and closing gaps in school performance between whites and minority students. Only two percent of the schools are considered “underperforming,” which puts them at risk for a state takeover unless there are improvements in a few years.


A foundation supported by a national teachers union said results reported today of a five-year pilot program in five elementary schools in Springfield, Massachusetts point to the value of a collaborative approach to education.  The initiative, funded with $2.5 million, focused on professional development, providing social services to children and their parents, and teacher home visits. 


Federal funds are paying for an expansion of pre-school programs in Springfield, Massachusetts, where children from poor families have historically struggled academically and dropped out before graduating from high school.

A $2 million federal grant will open 11 additional Head Start classrooms for infants and toddlers from low- income families in Springfield.  Massachusetts Congressman Richard Neal, who announced the funding, praised Head Start as a last vestige from the Great Society programs of the 1960s.


The second largest public school system in Massachusetts is expanding early childhood education through what officials say is a unique partnership with the private sector.

A new free preschool in Springfield is currently enrolling eligible 4-year-old children for classes that will start next month.  There are approximately 300 openings in the Springfield Cooperative Preschool, which is being run collaboratively by the public schools, Head Start, the Square One organization, and the YMCA of Greater Springfield.  

The second largest public school system in Massachusetts will operate with a $346 million budget in the next school year, a 2.4 percent increase over what the Springfield schools spent this year.

The Springfield School Committee approved the new budget that avoids teacher layoffs and counts on energy savings and other cost cutting, according to Superintendent of Schools Dan Warwick.

" We have really worked hard to make cuts and look for efficiencies far away from the classrooms," he said.