Professors Describe ‘Mass Exodus’ From Technical College in Boston

Juggling a full load of courses as a biology professor at Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston, Ryan Rogers reached her breaking point when administrators required her to teach laboratory courses in-person during the pandemic. “My mental health was trash,” Rogers said. “I felt it declining day by day. I did not sleep very much.…

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As New School Year Begins, Some Immunocompromised Families Feel Left Behind

As the new school year begins and students head back to the classroom, some immunocompromised families feel left behind. That’s because many districts across Connecticut aren’t offering a remote learning option, and for many families, returning to the classroom is like choosing between their education and their health. Ten-year-old Lane Mayville is used to tearing…

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How The Critical Race Theory Debate Came To Two New Hampshire Towns

For student Alex Putney, the debate over diversity and inclusion efforts at her New Hampshire high school took a turn in July 2020. Local residents had submitted a proposal to SAU 41 to “make anti-racism and equity a strategic priority” in local schools. Putney, one of the few biracial students at the mostly-white Hollis Brookline…

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To Mask, Or Not To Mask: Epidemiologists Debate Rules For K-12 Students This Fall

The COVID-19 advisory panel for Brookline, Mass., public schools met late on a Friday afternoon last week to discuss, as they had for over a year, safety in the district’s classrooms. But that morning, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention had thrown what David Gacioch, the panel’s co-chair, called “a curveball.” The CDC released…

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Schools Face A New Threat In The Pandemic: Ransomware

Doug Russell, the IT director for the city of Haverhill, was sleepless in the wee hours of April 8, which turned out to be fortunate. He caught an alert on his phone when the school district’s computer system suddenly crashed. A former firefighter, he hopped in his red pickup to check out the district servers…

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