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Will Massachusetts Require Face Masks In Schools This Fall? Here’s The Latest State Guidance

BOSTON (CBS) — The start of the school year in Massachusetts for K-12 students is just weeks away, and for a while it’s been expected that the fall would bring a return to normalcy in the classroom. But with COVID cases increasing thanks to the highly contagious Delta variant, parents may be wondering if there will be a face mask requirement for teachers and kids when it’s time to go back to school. The American Academy of Pediatrics, which is the nation’s leading group of pediatricians, recently said that in-person learning should happen this fall for students’ mental, emotional and physical...
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Baker Wise to Say No to Masks in Massachusetts Schools [OPINION]

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker says he has no plans to issue a mask mandate when the kiddos head back to school for the fall semester. With COVID-19 cases on the rise nationwide and here in Massachusetts, Baker is under pressure from some legislators to reinstate a mask order for schools. The State House News Service reports Baker has no plans to update his administration's mask policies "either broadly or specifically for schools."
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Student loan forgiveness 2021: Clearing $50,000 in debt can ‘transform an entire generation,’ Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren says

Elizabeth Warren is looking for more than incremental change. She wants generational. The Massachusetts senator is pushing the Biden administration to implement a multi-part response to lowering the student debt burden on the nation’s young adults and seeks free options for future generations. Federal student loan payments and interest are...

Christina O’Connor Named 2021 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year

Christina O’Connor, a teacher at Hingham High School, has been named the 2021 Massachusetts History Teacher of the Year, an award presented annually by the Gilder Lehrman Institute of American History, the nation’s leading organization dedicated to K-12 American history education. In 2021, parents, students, teachers, and administrators nationwide nominated...

Mass. lags states in adopting college athlete compensation laws

Now that college athletes are allowed by the NCAA to make money from endorsements and other business arrangements, lawmakers on the Higher Education Committee plan to study up on how other states have addressed the issue as the panel considers whether Massachusetts should legislate guidelines of its own. The committee...

Scholarship supports senior from Western Mass

Elena Frogameni ’22 of Northampton has been named the recipient of the Western Massachusetts Scholarship Fund for this past academic year. The fund, established last year and supported by annual contributions of $10,000 from PeoplesBank, aims to provide scholarship assistance to Mount Holyoke students from Hampshire, Hampden and Franklin counties.