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Exclusive: What Dr. Nivea L. Torres Wants You To Know


Dr. Nivea L. Torres


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It’s been nearly three months since Dr. Nivea L. Torres has been able to work or even visit her office, and more than a month since her resignation became effective, but what Dr. Torres wanted to talk about in a recent interview with CTLatinoNews.com is about “Tomorrow’s Framework,” a strategic plan the Connecticut Technical High School System board formulated and she implemented.  It was designed to reshape the district’s mission and foster a greater awareness of its innovations and achievements in preparing the workforce of tomorrow, and while by all accounts it has been quite successful, ironically  it was also one of its ...

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Springfield, MA High School Graduation Rate Tops 75%


SPRINGFIELD — The Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education has released its 2017 graduation and drop-out data, and Springfield Public Schools continue to see improvement.

The district’s graduation rate rose 8.1 percentage points in one year, going from 68.8 percent to 76.9 percent.

“The gains we have made are absolutely astonishing,” Superintendent of Schools Daniel Warwick said in a prepared statement. “Year after year, the trend continues to move in the right direction. The data is a testament to the fortitude, determination and dedication of our students and staff. I’m so proud that we continue to make significant progress.”

Officials said the graduation rate has now increased 20.3 percentage ...

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Lawsuit Alleges Discrimination Against Latino Families in Holyoke, MA Public Schools

Photo credit: Masslive.com

Photo credit: Masslive.com

A lawsuit has been filed in federal court alleging human rights violations in Holyoke Public Schools.

The suit alleges the district fails to provide parents who speak limited English adequate translation services, including for educational documents regarding the children in their families.

“For at least two decades, HPS has routinely and repeatedly failed to translate important educational documents and communications to LEP Parents,” the lawsuit reads. “This includes notices of meetings, evaluations, proposed individual education plans (‘IEPs’), final IEPs, disciplinary notices, student and parent handbooks, anti-bullying information, notices of events, authorizations for release of information, health plans, nursing materials, documents related to extracurricular activities, progress reports, special ...

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