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The latest Trump child-detention policy sparks harsh criticism. Also on the Thursday rundown: New York sues the EPA over Hudson River PCBs.

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A national model program, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is being credited for a major drop in the number of young people being held in secure detention in Massachusetts. (Department of Youth Services)

BOSTON — The number of Bay State kids being held in secure detention while awaiting court dates has dropped by more than 50 percent over eight years, and local advocates credit a national initiative aimed at diverting young people from incarceration. According to Lynsey Heffernan, state coor

As GOP lawmakers unveil initial plans to replace Obamacare, a new report says billions of dollars in federal support to Massachusetts are at stake. (WHOI Community/Wikimedia)

BOSTON – GOP lawmakers are using this week's Congressional recess to provide some of the first details about how they plan to replace the Affordable Care Act. A new report says billions of dollars in federal support for the Commonwealth are at stake in this debate. The Massachusetts Budget a

It took Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie vote and approve controversial nominee Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary. (CSPAN 2)

BOSTON – Local education advocates say even though Betsy DeVos was approved by a narrow margin on Tuesday, the fight has galvanized support for public education. As expected, Vice President Mike Pence had to make history by casting the deciding vote to confirm President Trump's pick. Massach

Public education advocates in New England and across the nation are opposing the nomination of billionaire Betsy DeVos, who comes up for a confirmation hearing on Tuesday. (Keith A. Almli/wikimedia)

BOSTON -- Tuesday's confirmation hearing for Betsy DeVos, the billionaire education activist who is President-elect Donald Trump's pick for Education secretary, is facing strong opposition from public education advocates in New England and across the nation. Massachusetts Teachers Association Pres

A new report says state funding cuts at Massachusetts' state colleges and universities mean students are picking up a bigger portion of the tab. (UMASS)

BOSTON – Local high school graduates are paying more for their college education, and according to a new report, that trend could spell bad news for the state's economy. The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center report outlines a pattern of declining funding for public universities and colleg

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson says lifting the cap on charter schools would have long-term negative impact for a number of cities in the Bay State. (L. Barrett)

BOSTON -- When voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Question Two, a Boston City Councilor says the financial implications reach far beyond education - the entire city budget is at risk. Education Committee Chair Tito Jackson based his assessment on a report from the Boston CFO whic

MTA President Barbara Madeloni joins parents and educators for today's National School Walk-In Day, calling attention to the need to fully fund public education. (Mass. Teachers Assn)

BOSTON – All across the state, parents and educators at dozens of Bay State Schools today are taking part in National School Walk-In Day. Barbara Madeloni, president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association, says the main theme is supporting Schools that Our Students Deserve. She says peo

Boston College graduate students are using a new ruling by the National Labor Relations Board to push harder for recognition of their union. (BCGEU)

BOSTON – Supporters of the Boston College Graduate Employees Union are taking advantage of the start of the fall semester to build on the momentum of a major ruling last week. The National Labor Relations Board (NLRB) ruling restores union and collective bargaining rights to graduate student

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