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    1. Springfield considering purchase of former Early Childhood Centers property in Mason Square area for public school programs, classrooms

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      Springfield considering purchase of former Early Childhood Centers property in Mason Square area for public school programs, classrooms

      Mayor Domenic J. Sarno said the School Department will benefit by being able to replace two portable classrooms at the Mary Lynch and Brunton schools, both in need of expensive repairs that can be avoided. In addition, the purchase can assist with "long-term classroom needs for the district," Sarno said. Parks and Buildings Director Patrick Sullivan said the building is in excellent, move-in condition. It closed in December, at one time having the capacity for 378 children.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    2. ABCs of turning around Springfield's underperforming schools include leadership, instruction and high expectations

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      ABCs of turning around Springfield's underperforming schools include leadership, instruction and high expectations

      The secret to turning around chronically underperforming - or Level 4 - schools isn’t all that secret. It takes strong leadership, more instructional time for students, use of data-driven instruction, in-school tutoring - and, perhaps, most important - a culture of high expectations, according to Kim Wells, Springfield’s new school improvement officer, who oversees progress at six of Springfield's 10 academically struggling schools. Those strategies - many culled from practices used in charter schools and from research done by educational consultants - are beginning to work in Springfield public schools, Wells said.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Holyoke

    3. Consultants studying UMass and Amherst issues present initial findings Thursday afternoon

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      Consultants studying UMass and Amherst issues present initial findings Thursday afternoon

      In April of 2013, UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy proposed that university and town together hire a consultant to look at community-campus issues and that the university and town split the $60,000 estimated cost. Town Meeting agreed. The steering committee began meeting in October of 2013 and shaped the scope of the study. Initially, the group was hoping a plan would be finalized for this past May. Now the committee is targeting a September report. Nancy Buffone, executive director of External Relations and University Events, in an email wrote that the committee wants "to ensure public participation in this critical ...

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst   Kumble Subbaswamy

    4. Viewpoint: Square One makes long-term impact in the lives of children

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      Viewpoint: Square One makes long-term impact in the lives of children

      Children at Square One spend their day learning in a quality early education and care environment that prepares them to enter school and be successful. Their lessons transfer directly to their experience in school and help make children who went to preschool at Square One much more likely to graduate from high school, continue their education and contribute productively to the community. Any business person can appreciate the long-term value of such an investment.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke

    5. Focus Springfield Community TV Ribbon Cutting Slated for June 23

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      Focus Springfield Community TV Ribbon Cutting Slated for June 23

      The newly formed Focus Springfield Community Television will open with a formal ribbon cutting, unveiling the new, 7,000-square-foot community television and programming facility at 1200 Main St., on June 23 at 10 a.m. Mayor Domenic Sarno, other local officials, and representatives of Focus Springfield Community Television will participate in the grand-opening event. The new local community television hub will host leading-edge technology that will allow local producers and Springfield residents to learn the skills needed to develop and air video programming on the Springfield cable system.

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      Mentions:   Domenic J. Sarno   Springfield

    6. University of Massachusetts Amherst freezes fees, tuition for undergraduate students

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      University of Massachusetts Amherst freezes fees, tuition for undergraduate students

      For the second year in a row, there will be no increase in tuition and mandatory fees for in-state undergraduate students at the University of Massachusetts. The school's board of trustees unanimously approved the freeze on Wednesday, crediting an increase in state support for the university.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   University of Connecticut   Amherst

    7. Holyoke Dean Technical High School to share grant for lab equipment, teacher development from biotech foundation

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      Holyoke Dean Technical High School to share grant for lab equipment, teacher development from biotech foundation

      Dean Technical High School is one of 10 schools that will share a $250,000 grant next year from the Massachusetts Biotechnology Education Foundation. The foundation will provide nearly $25,000 to the city's vocational school at 1045 Main St. for laboratory equipment, a press release said. Funding also will be provided for professional development for teachers, curriculum for biotech labs and helping students with "career exploration experiences," though it was unclear how much that funding will be.

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      Mentions:   Massachusetts Life Sciences Center   Holyoke

    8. Transforming Springfield into a tech hub: Tech Foundry prepares for first class of students

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      Transforming Springfield into a tech hub: Tech Foundry prepares for first class of students

      Tech Foundry is a new style of education. It’s a nonprofit that teaches high school seniors technical and workplace skills, but its curriculum was developed in partnership with tech companies. The students learn the skills the company would want in an entry-level employee. Director of Operations Natalie Sacco said the target student is someone graduating high school who is unsure of their next step. Maybe college isn’t the right choice. Students could choose Tech Foundry’s summer program “instead of a four-year college, which is something that is sort of crammed down everyone’s throats,” she said.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield

    9. Holyoke to see unveiling of 'Urban Collaborative' planning guides from Conway School graduate students | masslive.com

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      Holyoke to see unveiling of 'Urban Collaborative' planning guides from Conway School graduate students | masslive.com

      The planning guidelines -- 'a canvas for innovation' -- will influence how public infrastructure such as public art will be arranged, Marcos A. Marrero, director of the city Department of Planning and Economic Development, said in a phone interview Wednesday.  The students' work also features recommendations for the conservation-minded like dealing with stormwater, he said.

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    10. West Springfield creates summer job program for young adults

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      West Springfield creates summer job program for young adults

      Mayor Edward C. Sullivan, in collaboration with state Rep. Michael Finn have created a summer job program for young adults in West Springfield, which includes positions in the Department of Public Works. “We’ve hired 11 young adults to be working with the DPW and we have four working in and around the municipal office building,” said Sullivan. “We’re very pleased to be able to bring back the summer work program.”

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      Mentions:   Westfield State University   West Springfield   Springfield

    11. UMass trustees take first vote to freeze tuition and fees for second year in a row at all campuses

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      UMass trustees take first vote to freeze tuition and fees for second year in a row at all campuses

      Provided state funding for the University of Massachusetts remains consistent with the House and Senate budgets, tuition and fees will be frozen for a second year in a row.  The UMass Board of Trustees Administration and Finance Committee at its Wednesday meeting voted to approve rates that freeze them in place. The full board must approve the rates at its meeting June 18. According to a press release, the House and Senate versions of the budget both contain funding for the five-campus UMass system of just less than $519 million – a funding level consistent with the 50-50 proposal advanced by ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    12. UMass research team granted $495,950 for quicker, earlier detection of food contamination

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      UMass research team granted $495,950 for quicker, earlier detection of food contamination

      A research team, led by food scientist Sam Nugen at the University of Massachusetts, has received a $495,950 grant from the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s National Institute of Food and Agriculture (NIFA) to develop a quicker method for detecting contamination in both liquid and dry food before it is sold. New techniques designed by Nugen, and fellow food scientists Amanda Kinchla and doctoral student Juhong Chen, with nanochemist Vincent Rotello, aim to shorten the time it takes to detect and separate microbial contamination in food prior to its sale, and thus save money.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    13. Springfield's Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy wins $24000 state

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      Springfield's Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy wins $24000 state

      Springfield's Roger L. Putnam Vocational-Technical Academy will receive a $24,000 under a $1.3 million state grant program designed to expand vocational programs across the commonwealth to prepare students for the demands of the modern workforce, the Patrick administration announced on Tuesday.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield   Westfield

    14. Springfield High School: Administrators, staff offer positive reinforcement to alternative school students with 'tremendous talents … capable of doing anything'

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      Springfield High School: Administrators, staff offer positive reinforcement to alternative school students with 'tremendous talents … capable of doing anything'

      Assistant Principal Matthew Bean has been the on-site administrator at Springfield High School since 2011. Bean started his career at Springfield Academy in the late 1990s. A graduate of Boston University and Springfield College, with a master's degree in education, Bean spent some time at East Longmeadow High School as the Dean of Students and Athletic Director before heading back to Springfield in 2011 to take over Springfield High School.

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      Mentions:   Holyoke Community College   Springfield College   Springfield Technical Community College

    15. Phoenix Charter Academy Network to locate charter school at Springfield Technology Park

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      Phoenix Charter Academy Network to locate charter school at Springfield Technology Park

      The Phoenix Charter Academy Network on Tuesday announced it has selected a site in the Springfield Technology Park at One Federal Street as the home of a new public charter school, officials announced. Officials with the network announced they have signed a lease on a 31.000-square-foot space as the home of the Phoenix Charter Academy, scheduled to open in August. The school will focus teaching older, disconnected, and underserved students with a goal of readying them for college through a combination of high expectations and academic support. Phoenix also operates similar schools in Chelsea and Lawrence. "Our new ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield Armory   Springfield

    16. Massachusetts named smartest state in the nation

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      Massachusetts named smartest state in the nation

      Residents of Massachusetts, hold your stereotypically elitist, well-educated head high. The Commonwealth has been named the smartest state in the nation. In the list "The 10 Smartest States in America," the website The Street compared education levels, income and standardized testing scores.

      The report considered the following data:

      • Percent of population with bachelor's degrees: 38.2 percent
      • 2013 median household income: $65,339
      • 2013 Average SAT score: 1553

      While the state average for SAT scores is low, Massachusetts has some of the best high schools in the nation. 75 Massachusetts high schools were declared so by the U.S ...

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield Renaissance School   Springfield

    17. UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy joining Gov. Patrick on trip to Israel

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      UMass Chancellor Kumble Subbaswamy joining Gov. Patrick on trip to Israel

      University of Massachusetts Chancellor Kumble R. Subbaswamy will be joining Gov. Deval L. Patrick and others on a trip to the Middle East beginning Tuesday. The mission that includes other state government, academic and industry leaders is to expand opportunities for the Commonwealth, Israel and the United Arab Emirates to improve economic development and job creation in the emerging “innovation economy,” according to a UMass press release.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   University of Massachusetts   Amherst

    18. University of Massachusetts Amherst has nearly $2 billion in economic impact, part of $6.1 billion impact for five-campus UMass system | masslive.com

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      University of Massachusetts Amherst has nearly $2 billion in economic impact, part of $6.1 billion impact for five-campus UMass system | masslive.com

      The University of Massachusetts Amherst contributed $1.9 billion to the commonwealth's economy in the 2012-2013 fiscal year, according to a study released Thursday by the university's Donahue Institute.  That impact included 9,000 jobs in the community in addition to the 5,109 full- and part-time faculty and staff and 24,871 undergraduate and graduate students.  That contribution is part of a $6.1 billion annual economic impact from the entire five-campus UMass system. Statewide, more than 45,000 jobs are tied to the university system's activities, according to the news release.

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      Mentions:   University of Massachusetts   Springfield   Amherst

    19. Springfield to receive nearly $3 million to aid 2 underperforming schools

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      Springfield to receive nearly $3 million to aid 2 underperforming schools

      The city is in line to receive nearly $3 million to help turn around two underperforming schools. According to a press release from the office of Gov. Deval Patrick Thursday, more than $9 million in federal funding has been awarded to six underperforming schools in Springfield, Boston, Fall River and New Bedford. In Springfield, $1.5 million will go to the High School of Science and Technology and $1.4 million to the Milton Bradley Elementary School.

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      Mentions:   Governor Deval L. Patrick   Springfield

    20. New School of Thought | BusinessWest

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      New School of Thought | BusinessWest

      Paul Stelzer, president of Holyoke-based Appleton Corp., which manages the tech park for its owner, the STCC Assistance Corp., called this series of developments a “win-win-win” scenario, with maybe a few more ‘wins’ as well. He counted Phoenix, the college, the Mason Square area, and the city as a whole among those that will benefit from these projects in one way or another, while the Tech Park itself will get a new look and new opportunities to expand its tenant base.
      “We’re excited about this, because we have the ability to do something good for the community,” Stelzer said ...

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      Mentions:   Springfield Technical Community College   Springfield

    21. Bay Path's new national, online college has expansive view from Springfield

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      Bay Path's new national, online college has expansive view from Springfield

      The college’s downtown hub is a 10,000-square-foot space overlooking downtown Springfield and the Connecticut River. The open floor plan was designed with women’s needs in mind, Hobin said. It has a full kitchen, cozy seating areas, desks of various heights that take advantage of the view - and even a meditation space. Bay Path leaders don't envision the online college replacing its more traditional campus-based courses. And it doesn't want to see The American Women's College get so big that it would undermine the personalized instruction it aims to offer. Leary and Hobin see Bay ...

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      Mentions:   MassMutual Center   Associated Industries of Massachusetts   Springfield

    22. UMass President Robert L. Caret praises Massachusetts Senate budget proposal | masslive.com

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      UMass President Robert L. Caret praises Massachusetts Senate budget proposal | masslive.com

      University of Massachusetts President Robert L. Caret praised Wednesday the state Senate's $36.25 billion budget for fiscal year 2015 saying it could, if passed, mean a second straight freeze in tuition and fee increases.

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    23. MassMutual looking for students to participate in Summer Legal Institute | masslive.com

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      MassMutual looking for students to participate in Summer Legal Institute | masslive.com

      Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Company, MassMutual ,is looking for high school students, and 8th graders heading into high school, to participate in the second year of its Springfield Summer Legal Institute, a week-long program meant to give students a look at the legal profession.  The program runs July 7 through July 11 at the Western New England University Law Center, is free and open to students from Springfield, Enfield and a few surrounding towns, said Patrice Sabach a MassMutual lawyer who is managing the program this year. She said MassMutual has 25 students signed up already for 45 slots.

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      Mentions:   MassMutual   Western New England University   Springfield

    24. Demand Is Heating Up | BusinessWest

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      Demand Is Heating Up | BusinessWest

      Community colleges have also seen a brisk increase in summer enrollment. “We have a very robust summer program. Almost everything that is offered in the fall and spring is also offered in the summer, but with fewer sections, or classes,” said Debbie Bellucci, dean of Continuing Education and Online Learning at Springfield Technical Community College. “We try to add a few new courses every summer, whether they are online or totally new topics, and this summer we have instituted a format change. In the past, we ran two five-week sessions, but this summer we have some 10-week, on-site courses for ...

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      Mentions:   American International College   University of Massachusetts   Springfield Technical Community College

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