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A milestone is being reached in an effort to combat food insecurity during the pandemic in the largest city in western Massachusetts.

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      The School Committee in Springfield, Massachusetts has given thumbs up to a tentative plan to return to in person learning for the first time in almost a year. 

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        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. 

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The largest school district in western Massachusetts is taking steps toward returning to in-person instruction.

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     Education officials in Massachusetts today said school districts should make in-person learning a priority even in places where risk levels are high for community spread of COVID-19.

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It will be a fully remote start to the school year in the largest school district in western Massachusetts.

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    Public school buildings in Massachusetts will remain closed at least until fall. But what then? School officials are looking at a number of daunting challenges to reopening amid the pandemic. 

    With schools closed in Massachusetts because of the pandemic, the Springfield School Department is distributing 10,000 laptops to students to use at home.  

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Officials in the largest school district in western Massachusetts say newly released data shows years of efforts to get kids to stay in school and eventually get a diploma are paying off. 

  The largest reforms in decades are coming to Massachusetts public schools.

The latest statewide school accountability results from the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education were cause for celebration in the largest school district in western Massachusetts. 

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  The largest city in western Massachusetts is trumpeting a big reduction in its energy use.

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     During the last 10 years, more than $600 million has been spent on building renovation projects in the largest public school system in western Massachusetts.

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School resource officers in the largest city in western Massachusetts will now be required to receive training from a national organization.

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     No more “mystery meats” or muffins laden with chemical preservatives will be on the menus in the cafeterias of the largest public school system in western Massachusetts. 

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    A recent report from MassPIRG and Environment Massachusetts gave the state a “D” for its efforts to get lead out of school’s drinking water.    But officials say the Springfield Public Schools deserve a much higher grade. 

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    As lawmakers on Beacon Hill debate ways to reform the state’s more than 25-year old school funding formula, officials are starting to write a new budget for the largest school district in western Massachusetts.

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    It is the first day of the new academic year in the second-largest public school district in Massachusetts.  25,000 students returned to classes today in Springfield.

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

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

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     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. 

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  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.

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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.

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    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.  

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    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. 

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   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.

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