For Some Rural Students, Taking More AP Courses Means More Online Learning

Skyleigh D’Ambrosia, 17, loves learning about science. She’s taken pretty much every science class available at her high school in the western Massachusetts town of Athol. “I want to be a doctor when I’m older,” she said. “So those are just kind of important classes.” D’Ambrosia wanted to take Advanced Placement (AP) chemistry and AP…

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In Mass., Public Colleges Send Debt Collectors After Nearly 12,000 Students

Back when he was a sophomore at the University of Massachusetts Amherst, James Smith recalled he fell behind on his final housing payment after his family in Minnesota ran into financial problems. Smith said he promised to repay UMass, but the registrar withheld his transcript anyway. “It was sort of like communicating with a brick…

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After A Year Mostly Indoors, Possibilities Bloom In A Schoolyard Garden

Most of the Sarah Greenwood School in Dorchester’s Grove Hall neighborhood is surrounded by cement, with four-square courts and some basketball hoops. The corner of its block is occupied by the crumbling facade of a former church — which occasionally sheds trash, even a knife and syringes, into the schoolyard. Then, in between the two, on…

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For Anxious Students, Remote School Year Has Been A Bit Of Relief

Sixth-grader Harrison has a very simple routine each school week: Wake up, eat breakfast, get his mom to enable internet on his iPad, and log in to class. Getting dressed didn’t quite make the list. Harrison loves that he can go to school in his pajamas. But it’s more than just the relaxed dress code.…

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