Students sickened by pepper spray at charter school

Advertisement Share Shares Copy Link Copy {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! Updated: 12:08 PM EST Feb 16, 2018 By The Enterprise Marc Vasconcellos/Enterprise SOURCE: Marc Vasconcellos/Enterprise Students sickened by pepper spray at Brockton charter school Share Shares Copy Link Copy {copyShortcut} to copy Link copied! Updated: 12:08 PM EST Feb 16, 2018 By The Enterprise BROCKTON, Mass. — Several students fell ill Friday morning after pepper spray was accidentally discharged at a charter school, officials said.The Enterprise reported that the Brockton Fire Department responded to the New Heights Charter School, at 1690 Main St., about 10:39 a.m. for a report of an initially unknown odor making children sick. Advertisement When officials arrived, a dean of students told firefighters that pepper spray was accidentally discharged inside the school.At least five students became sick from the pepper spray. Five ambulances responded to the scene and at least four students have been taken to a hospital.Fire officials are still on scene treating students and ventilating the second floor of the building. Continue Reading

New education commissioner turned schools around in Lawrence

Visit The Boston Globe Share on Twitter Share on Facebook Comment on this Scroll to top of page James Vaznis Globe Staff  February 12, 2018 When Jeffrey Riley came in as the state-appointed superintendent of the Lawrence Public Schools six years ago, he had the power to dramatically shake up the system to boost student achievement. He got rid of half the principals and brought in some charter-school operators.But there was no mass firing of teachers or widespread school closures.Instead, the one-time philosophy major largely stressed collaboration. He appealed to his staff’s conscience to do what was best for their students. He empowered schools to create strategies to help students succeed — avoiding top-down mandates — while he held teachers and administrators accountable for results. Advertisement Riley’s work in Lawrence, which led to a notable rise in academic achievement, has won him much respect and helped catapult him last week to a new job as the state’s next commissioner of elementary and secondary education. Get Fast Forward in your inbox: Forget yesterday's news. Get what you need today in this early-morning email. Thank you for signing up! Sign up for more newsletters here Now, educators, parents, and advocates are anxiously waiting to see how Riley, 46, will tackle some of the state’s most stubborn problems: persistent achievement gaps among students, schools struggling academically and financially, and polarizing acrimony between traditional schools and charters.“I think he will be the ideal person to steer the educational ship in a way that is supportive rather than becoming an obstacle or a distraction,” said Paul Reville, who served as education secretary under former governor Deval Patrick.Riley’s emphasis on teamwork sets him apart in an era of education reform when many policymakers and business executives nationwide yearn for education leaders who Continue Reading