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    1. Springfield collaboration among teachers 'a model for the nation,' says education leader

      Springfield collaboration among teachers 'a model for the nation,' says education leader

      Lily Eskelsen Garcia, president of the National Education Association, told a gathering of Springfield school officials, teachers and community partners on Wednesday that the collaboration she witnessed in Springfield schools offers a "model for the nation." Garcia was one of the keynote speakers during a luncheon at the MassMutual Room at the Basketball Hall of Fame held to celebrate the city's implementation of a $1.25 million, five-year grant from the NEA Foundation that focuses on home-school connections and the whole-childhood development.

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    2. Springfield College to open office in downtown building

      Springfield College to open office in downtown building

      In a signal of its commitment to the city Springfield College is opening an office on Main Street, just around the corner from City Hall. College officials are planning an official ribbon-cutting on Wednesday at the new office and conference room space on the second floor of 1350 Main Street. "By working with the city, its community organizations and their leaders, the college plays an active role in providing support that ensures the growth and development so crucial to the future of the city of Springfield and its neighboring communities," the college said in a press release.

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    3. Curtis Blake pledges $50,000 challenge grant to new Springfield school bearing his name

      Curtis Blake pledges $50,000 challenge grant to new Springfield school bearing his name

      Friendly co-founder and philanthropist Curtis Blake has pledged a $50,000 challenge grant in support the new Curtis Blake Day School, which is now operating under a new state license on the campus of the Children's Study Home on Old Acre Road. In March, American International College announced its decision to close the off-campus day school, located at 979 Dickinson St., by the end of the school year – touching off a wave of protests from school leaders, teachers, parents, students and former students who said the school's unique educational approach could not be replicated elsewhere.

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    4. Friendly co-founder Curtis Blake has AIC remove his name from campus building

      Friendly co-founder Curtis Blake has AIC remove his name from campus building

      Friendly's co-founder and philanthropist Curtis Blake said on Tuesday he has asked American International College to remove his name from the campus building that bears his name, saying, "I have lost interest in helping American International College." Earlier this year, Blake expressed his disappointment with the decision by AIC's Curtis Blake Learning Services to close the off-campus Curtis Blake Day School for 37 students students with language learning disabilities.

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    5. UMass President Marty Meehan pledges to keep tuition down, make Amherst campus a priority

      UMass President Marty Meehan pledges to keep tuition down, make Amherst campus a priority

      University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan said on Tuesday he will work hard to keep tuition from rising and that the flagship UMass-Amherst campus and UMass Center in downtown Springfield will remain priorities under his administration. Just three months on the job, Meehan, the former chancellor of UMass-Lowell, paid his first official visit to Springfield for a breakfast in his honor at the UMass Center at Tower Square in a room overlooking Main Street. More than 100 business leaders and elected officials turned out to honor Meehan, a former congressman from Lowell and Washington roommate of U.S. Rep. Richard ...

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    6. Springfield's Early Childhood Center humming with activity under public-private partnership

      Springfield's Early Childhood Center humming with activity under public-private partnership

      Thomas Weber, commissioner of the Department of Early Education and Care, Mayor Domenic J. Sarno and Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick led the parade of officials through the bright hallways and into the colorful classrooms to observe a brand new public-private partnership in action in the 15 Catharine St. building. The center, which opened to children last week, represents the expansion in free pre-kindergarten opportunities for 195 additional 4-year-olds as a result of the city's partnership with three private early childhood education providers. The Early Childhood Center is one of five programs in Massachusetts sharing $15 million from the federal ...

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    7. Springfield College moves up in U.S. News & World Report rankings of 'best colleges'

      Springfield College moves up in U.S. News & World Report rankings of 'best colleges'

      For the fifth consecutive year, Springfield College has moved up the list of the highest ranked colleges by U.S.News & World Report. In the 2016 report, released this week, Springfield College is ranked 29 in the first tier in the category of "Best Regional Universities – North," according to a press release from the college. There are 138 colleges in the first tier and 180 overall in the category, according to a press release from the college.

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    8. UMass Center in downtown Springfield launches 2nd year

      UMass Center in downtown Springfield launches 2nd year

      UMass Center, located in 26,000 square feet of space on the mezzanine level of Tower Square, began its second year as a downtown presence this week, offering 25 classes in subjects ranging from nursing to regional planning Dan Montagna, director of operations at the University of Massachusetts, said the student roster is expected to exceed last year's enrollment of about 250 students in 20 courses.

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    9. State awards 3 Springfield schools total of $1.5 million to help turnaround efforts

      State awards 3 Springfield schools total of $1.5 million to help turnaround efforts

      Four underperforming school districts, including Springfield, have been awarded more than $3 million in continued federal funding to support turnaround efforts in eight schools, the state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education said on Wednesday. In Springfield, DeBerry Elementary School, Milton Bradley Elementary School and the High School of Science and Technology will share almost $1.5 million in competitive federal grant funding to boost student performance, according to a press release.

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    10. $3.4 million going to Springfield schools improvements

      $3.4 million going to Springfield schools improvements

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno on Monday led a group of city leaders and members of the media on a tour of several city schools to highlight $3.4 million worth of renovations the buildings are undergoing – including, new windows, roofs, doors, boilers and a remodeled auditorium at the John F. Kennedy Middle School. During a press conference and tour at Kennedy, Sarno said the latest improvements continue an aggressive push by the city and School Superintendent Daniel Warwick to tap funds from the Massachusetts School Building Management Authority to upgrade existing schools and build new ones – an effort resulting in ...

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    11. Springfield, Holyoke, Greenfield get share of $805,000 grant to help homeless students

      Springfield, Holyoke, Greenfield get share of $805,000 grant to help homeless students

      A total of $805,000 in federal education grants has been awarded to 28 school districts across the commonwealth, including Springfield, Holyoke and Greenfield, to help some 12,000 homeless students get to and succeed in school, Commissioner Mitchell D.Chester has announced. Springfield will receive $55,000, Holyoke will receive $40,000 and Greenfield will receive $20,000 under the federal grant program that will provide funding for a variety of activities including tutoring, before-and after-school programs, summer programs and staff training in best practices to support students.

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    12. Teachers' special: New Silverbrick Lofts in downtown Springfield offer rental discount to educators

      Teachers' special: New Silverbrick Lofts in downtown Springfield offer rental discount to educators

      As the Springfield school system prepares to welcome newly minted college graduates to teach in the city, one of the first questions out-of-town recruits ask is: "Where's a nice place to live?" The school district and DevelopSpringfield believe they've found the perfect address: the Silverbrick Lofts apartment complex at 15 Taylor St. in downtown Springfield, which has recently undergone a $6 million renovation. If the soaring architecture and light-drenched units of the four-building, pet-friendly complex aren't enough of an incentive to buy-in, there's a 10 to 20 percent rental discount for teachers.

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    13. Mason Square early childhood center plan moving ahead in Springfield

      Mason Square early childhood center plan moving ahead in Springfield

      The Early Childhood Center, which will house up to 14 pre-kindergarten classrooms, is one of five programs in Massachusetts sharing a total of $60 million from the preschool development expansion grant initiated by the Obama administration. In December when the grants were announced, Springfield School Superintendent Daniel Warwick said research clearly shows that "students who are exposed to quality early education, enter kindergarten poised for greater success than those who have not had that opportunity."

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    14. Pioneer Valley Performing Arts school begins $1.8 million expansion

      Pioneer Valley Performing Arts school begins $1.8 million expansion

      The school is also launching a $400,000 fund drive to be used to purchase equipment to outfit the new space, such as lighting and sound systems, stage rigging, acoustical wall curtains and theater seating, Cantler said. "This is a very exciting time for us," Goldman said. "PVPA is so much more than a charter school that integrates the arts with academics. It's a center for growth in which innovative teachers collaborate with inspired, imaginative students and our new addition will enhance the student experience as well as the community's experience of us."

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    15. Holly Smith-Bove steps down as president of Springfield Museums

      Holly Smith-Bove steps down as president of Springfield Museums

      Holly Smith-Bove said on Monday she is stepping down as president of the Springfield Museums as the museum board embarks on a major capital campaign for a Dr. Seuss museum at the Quadrangle. Smith-Bove of Florence, who has held the museum post for five years, said "after consulting with our board, we've decided that this was the right time to make that change

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    16. Bay Path University names former Patrick administration adviser Elizabeth Cardona to multi-cultural post

      Bay Path University names former Patrick administration adviser Elizabeth Cardona to multi-cultural post

      Elizabeth Cardona, of Springfield, is joining Bay Path University as executive director for multicultural affairs, international student life and assistant to provost for diversity and inclusion, the university announced Thursday. Cardona's duties will include outreach, retention, advocacy and support for the needs of first-generation and underrepresented minority students at Bay Path, according to a statement issued by the Longmeadow school. In the role, she will offer academic assistance, mentoring, coaching and leadership programs aimed at promoting multicultural awareness, diversity and inclusion to advance the mission of Bay Path University.

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    17. AG Healey announces $300,000 grant for youth employment during Springfield visit

      AG Healey announces $300,000 grant for youth employment during Springfield visit

      Attorney General Maura Healey has announced a $300,000 youth employment grant following a tour and visit of Roca, an intervention program in the city that aims to break the cycle of violence and incarceration among young people. Healey said the employment grants, funded with settlement money from consumer protection cases tried by her office, will be distributed across the state. The employment grants are critical to the success of programs like Roca, which Healey called a model or success.

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    18. New science wing at Springfield's Central High School has all the bells and whistles, state treasurer says

      New science wing at Springfield's Central High School has all the bells and whistles, state treasurer says

      State-of-the-art science equipment and labs throughout Bay State schools will help elevate the lives of immigrant families and student who come from less fortunate circumstances, as the commonwealth champions STEM (Science,Technology, Engineering and Math) education, she said. Superintendent Daniel J. Warwick praised the Massachusetts School Building Authority, which Goldberg oversees, for its 80 percent reimbursement for the project and others in the city.

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    19. Boston Olympics depending on Springfield MBTA cars, says CEO of Boston 2024

      Boston Olympics depending on Springfield MBTA cars, says CEO of Boston 2024

      Without Chinese manufacturer CNR Changchung's decision to locate a plant in Springfield and build new rail cars for the MBTA, Boston might not have any Olympic dreams, Richard Davey, CEO of Boston 2024 Partnership, said on Thursday. When Boston began considering its Olympic bid, Davey said the CNR deal was "number one of seven priorities" promoters considered as key to the city's pitch for the Olympic bid.

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    20. STCC, Worcester State University partner to give transfer students 4-year degrees for $30,000 tuition

      STCC, Worcester State University partner to give transfer students 4-year degrees for $30,000 tuition

      Students who complete their associates degrees at Springfield Technical Community College will be guaranteed a spot at Worcester State University to complete their bachelor's degree at a fixed four-year tuition of $30,000. During a Thursday meeting with the editorial board of The Republican and Masslive, STCC President Ira H. Rubenzahl and Worcester State University President Barry M. Maloney said the partnership is part of a marketing effort that underscores the affordability and educational value of a public higher education. The agreement, which is similar to the one STCC and Holyoke Community College recently negotiated with Westfield State University ...

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    21. WSU leaders, students among those calling for greater investment in higher ed

      WSU leaders, students among those calling for greater investment in higher ed

      Westfield State University is doing its part to make a college education more accessible and affordable, now Westfield is joining with other universities across the state urging the Legislature to make a long-term investment in higher education. Westfield State University Preston will lead a delegation of students heading to Boston on Wednesday to join students from other state universities across the commonwealth to push for increased Statehouse funding for public higher education.

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    22. $75 million sought to promote innovative education programs in Springfield, other communities

      $75 million sought to promote innovative education programs in Springfield, other communities

      Citing an urgent need for a college educated workforce in the Bay State, a new coalition formed by Boston-based MassINC is lobbying the Statehouse for a $75 million state budget item to fund innovative programs in high-needs communities such as Springfield. As they acknowledged the tight state-budget climate, leaders of the newly formed "Building on What Works Coalition" met on Monday with Springfield educators, elected officials and business leaders to outline the initiative and to seek additional coalition members as it prepares to lobby the Legislature for the funding.

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