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Trump rebuffs Biden's call for a national mask mandate; nurses warn of risks of in-person school.


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Responses to President Trump's suggestion that he opposes more Postal Service funding in part to prevent expanded mail-in voting; and Puerto Rico's second try at a primary on Sunday.

Public News Service - MA: Education

University of Massachusetts professors Michael Ash and Shouvik Chakraborty claim that for every $1 million of government spending on public higher-education jobs, anywhere between 12 and 17 new jobs are created. (John Phelan/Wikimedia Commons)

AMHERST, Mass. -- An analysis from University of Massachusetts-Amherst professors shows state spending on public higher education is a better economic stimulus than other sectors, such as construction. The report authors argue this could help Massachusetts recover financially from the COVID-19 cri

The average student at the University of Massachusetts Amherst is graduating with more than $30,000 in student debt. (elle.noelle/Creative Commons)

BOSTON -- Massachusetts has the fastest growing public college costs in the country, according to the New England Board of Higher Education. Today, education advocates from the Fund Our Future campaign will call on state legislators to reinvest in the Bay State's public higher education system. Sp

In Isabelle Doerre-Torres' curriculum, students learn about El Salvador's civil war (1980-1992) that killed more than 75,000 people, and that the U.S. funneled more than $4.5 billion to the right-wing Salvadoran government in the name of fighting communism. (Wikipedia Commons)

By Anna-Cat Brigida Broadcast version by Laura Rosbrow-Telem Reporting for the YES! Magazine-Media-Commonwealth News Service Collaboration BOSTON -- In the summer of 2017, before her senior year of high school, Isabelle Doerre-Torres met Carlos,* a Salvadoran immigrant on the verge of deportation.

Gov. Charlie Baker has authorized a $1.5 billion boost to public-school funding with his approval on Tuesday of the Student Opportunity Act. (Office of Charlie Baker/Flickr)

BOSTON – Teachers across the Commonwealth are giving thanks this week for Gov. Charlie Baker's signature on a major education funding bill. The Student Opportunity Act was signed into law on Tuesday, ultimately adding $1.5 billion annually to public schools. It's the first source of significa

Both the Massachusetts House and Senate jointly released a proposal to increase future education funding. (Andy Connolly/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate votes on a bill Thursday that would dramatically increase long term education funding – a priority that has stalled in past legislatures. Senate Bill 2350, or the Student Opportunity Act, would phase in $1.5 billion over seven years toward K-12 educati

MIT students protest Jeffrey Epstein's close ties to its Media Lab. (Adobe Stock)

CAMBRIDGE, Mass. — Students at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology are demanding fundamental changes to the university's funding practices following revelations that its Media Lab repeatedly took funding from convicted sex offender Jeffrey Epstein. Last Friday, more than 150 students, f

It's been several months since legislation to boost funding for public schools has had a hearing at the State House. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

BOSTON – Parents and teachers are usually thinking about kids getting back to school in late July — but in the Commonwealth, it's school funding that's top of mind. It's been nearly four years since a bipartisan commission found Massachusetts was underfunding schools by more than $1 bi

More than 100 legislators co-sponsored the Fair Share Amendment in the Massachusetts House and Senate this year. (Raise Up Massachusetts)

BOSTON - The Massachusetts House and Senate hold a constitutional convention today to vote on what's known as the Millionaire's Tax, or Fair Share Amendment, which would create a 4% state tax on the portion of a person's income above $1 million to support transportation and public education. If it

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