Mass. education head wants districts to get kids back to school while they can in case of second virus spike

“It would be unfortunate if later in the year, a district had to go remote because the virus spiked back up in their community and they recognized, ‘Wow we could have had our kids back in for a couple of months or maybe even six months, and we missed that window,’” Riley continued, speaking at a press conference at the State House.

Only districts that are in the state’s red coronavirus risk category — the highest risk designation — for three consecutive weeks should stick with remote-only learning, Riley and Governor Charlie Baker have said.

Riley also spoke Thursday about a “soup-to-nuts” audit by the state that could be imposed on some districts that are pursuing a remote-only start to the academic school year. Sixteen districts have been identified by Riley and Baker for starting remotely despite public health data indicating it is safe to bring students back, the state

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Software startup plans to add at least 250 jobs in Mass. after $300M funding round

A startup with dual headquarters offices in Somerville and Paris plans to add as many as 250 jobs in the Boston area now that it has landed $300 million in new equity funding.



a person posing for the camera: Mirakl cofounder Adrien Nussenbaum


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Mirakl cofounder Adrien Nussenbaum

Mirakl cofounder Adrien Nussenbaum, whose firm creates and sells digital-marketplace software, said the roughly 300-person company is looking to add as many as 1,000 jobs over the next three years, including 250 in Greater Boston, in part due to the surge in revenue it is seeing because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Permira Advisers was the lead investor, and was joined by existing Mirakl investors such as 83North, Bain Capital Ventures, Elaia Partners, and Felix Capital. Details of the transaction were not disclosed, but Mirakl said the latest funding round places the company’s valuation at more than $1.5 billion.

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In the first half of the year, Mirakl’s

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Mass. school funding formula gives wealthy districts more aid than they need



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The formula for distributing state funding to schools in Massachusetts gives wealthier districts more money than they need, creating a widening equity gap at the expense of students in low-income communities, according to a report released Monday from the Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education and the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce. 

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The two groups found in their analysis that some factors in the funding formula result in wealthier districts getting additional state money, despite being able to fully fund their schools “with less or no state aid.”

“Equitable access to resources is an essential component of closing equity and opportunity gaps,” Ed Lambert, executive director of Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education, said in a statement. “It is critical, particularly in this economic climate, that we redirect state dollars to communities serving students that need them the most.”

The Chapter 70 funding formula,

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Report: Nearly $500 Million Of Needs-Blind School Funding Goes To Wealthiest 20% Of Mass. Districts

With economic uncertainty threatening promised state funding for public schools, an education advocacy group comprised of dozens of Massachusetts businesses on Monday recommended changes to the state’s district funding formula.

The group, Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE), released a report that found that almost $500 million of needs-blind state aid goes to the wealthiest 20% of school districts under the current formula.

MBAE leaders argued a gradual rollback of certain needs-blind funding provisions for the state’s wealthiest districts could alleviate some now starker financial realities for poor districts in the pandemic. They said districts that struggled long before the coronavirus, like Lawrence and Brockton, would benefit.

Since last year, many districts were anticipating significant boosts in state funding following the passage of the Student Opportunity Act. That legislation was slated to add $1.5 billion to the public education system annually after a seven-year rollout. But the recession spurred on

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Mass Unemployment Is Forcing Many To Start Over In Their Careers

In New York City alone it is estimated that 30% of the city’s small businesses may never reopen, translating to roughly half a million jobs that may never return. Across the country more than 50% of small business owners believe it will take six months to a year before hiring gets back to normal. 

Industries ranging from hospitality to retail are contracting at record rates (measured by probability of default) leaving many to question the viability of their livelihoods and the best course of action to take to mitigate future employment and career risk.

While many are proactively working to address these concerns, the traditional path of going back to school to acquire new skills is simply not an option for most. For one, it implies that you have a clear understanding of what you want to do. Of the 1,000 people we surveyed  for our Technology Career Acceleration program,

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