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        The largest public school district in western Massachusetts will seek a waiver if the state orders a return next month to in-person learning five days a week.

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Springfield Public Schools

        A tentative plan has been developed for students in the largest public school district in western Massachusetts to return to the classroom for the first time since last March. 

From left: NYS Senator Pete Harckham; President of the Yonkers Federation of Teachers Samantha Rosado-Ciriello; NYS Senator Shelley Mayer; NYS Senator John Liu; and Immediate Past-President of the YCPTA Rob Rijos.
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A number of New York state senators have introduced a bill to provide free broadband to every student and school in the state during the COVID-19 pandemic.

A New York state assemblyman says two internet service providers are offering free connections for a limited time to help with remote learning.

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Two weeks ago, the Springfield Public Schools were forced to abruptly pause remote learning for 26,000 students when the district’s computer network was hit by a ransomware attack.

Proponents of large-scale learning have boldly promised that technology can disrupt traditional approaches to schooling, radically accelerating learning and democratizing education. In "Failure to Disrupt: Why Technology Alone Can’t Transform Education," Justin Reich delivers a sobering report card on the latest supposedly transformative educational technologies.

Reich takes readers on a tour of auto-graders, computerized “intelligent tutors,” and other educational technologies whose problems and paradoxes have bedeviled educators. Technology does have a crucial role to play in the future of education, Reich concludes. We still need new teaching tools, and classroom experimentation should be encouraged. But successful reform efforts will focus on incremental improvements, not the next killer app.

As the head of Open Learning at MIT, renowned professor Sanjay Sarma has a daunting job description: to fling open the doors of the MIT experience for the benefit of the wider world. But if you're going to undertake such an ambitious project, you first have to ask: How do we learn?  What are the most effective ways of educating? And how can the science of learning transform education to unlock our potential, as individuals and across society?

The new book, "Grasp" takes readers across multiple frontiers, from fundamental neuroscience to cognitive psychology and beyond, as it explores the future of learning. 

With a 20 percent reduction in state aid for this school year looming, staffers let go Friday included 51 teachers.
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The Albany City School District Board of Education held a hybrid meeting Tuesday night to plan for the most challenging school year to date.

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The New York State Board of Regents and State Education Department are holding meetings across the state to gather input on how to reopen and meet the needs of students in the fall.


With millions of Americans attending school and working remotely, cyber criminals are looking for any opportunity to attack.

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Higher ed institutions in Berkshire County are settling into the new norm of remote learning during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Southern Berkshire Regional School District

With Massachusetts schools closed into May due to the COVID-19 outbreak, educators are working to find new ways to continue teaching students. The Southern Berkshire Regional School District anticipates rolling out its new remote learning plan on Friday. WAMC spoke with Superintendent of Schools Beth Regulbuto about how her district intends to serve more than 600 students while its three campuses remain shuttered.