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Public News Service - MA: Children's Issues

The state's poverty rate is almost back to pre-Great Recession levels, thanks in part to the $2 increase in the state minimum wage. (Wonderlane/flckr)

BOSTON – It's a significant drop. The share of Massachusetts children living in poverty is down, and state job growth along with recent boosts in the minimum wage are cited as big factors pushing the positive trend. The data from the Census Bureau's American Community Survey show the child p

Parents and educators who are concerned about high-stakes testing are expected to give their side to lawmakers at a hearing tomorrow (Tuesday) in Boston. (Pinterest)

BOSTON -- Educators, parents and others concerned about public education will be testifying before legislators Tuesday to show their support for a measure to curb high-stakes testing and increase investment in public schools. The measure before lawmakers is being called "an act strengthening and i

High-quality public education and health care are two factors that place Massachusetts in the top three states nationwide for child well-being. (M. Clifford)

BOSTON – The kids are all right in the Bay State, according to a new report. The state ranks second in the nation for overall child well-being. The new Annie E. Casey Foundation's 2017 KIDS COUNT Data Book examines economic, education, health, family and community factors that affect kids. M

A national model program, the Juvenile Detention Alternatives Initiative is being credited for a major drop in the number of young people being held in secure detention in Massachusetts. (Department of Youth Services)

BOSTON — The number of Bay State kids being held in secure detention while awaiting court dates has dropped by more than 50 percent over eight years, and local advocates credit a national initiative aimed at diverting young people from incarceration. According to Lynsey Heffernan, state coor

It took Vice President Mike Pence to break the tie vote and approve controversial nominee Betsy DeVos as U.S. Education Secretary. (CSPAN 2)

BOSTON – Local education advocates say even though Betsy DeVos was approved by a narrow margin on Tuesday, the fight has galvanized support for public education. As expected, Vice President Mike Pence had to make history by casting the deciding vote to confirm President Trump's pick. Massach

A new report ranks the Bay State at 36th in the nation, near the bottom among states, for the amount it spends on smoking prevention. (anderson wasser/blogspot)

BOSTON — According to a new report, Massachusetts will collect more than $900 million this year from the 1998 state tobacco settlement and tobacco taxes, but will spend only a fraction of what the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says is adequate for programs that prevent tobacco use

Caution is the byword for the toys Bay Staters put under their tree. A new report cautions against toys that could spy on young children on the Internet. (Mike Clifford)

BOSTON – A new report from a New England consumer watchdog group has some tips for holiday shoppers who want to avoid toys that collect internet data on kids and more. Josh Golin, executive director of the Campaign for a Commercial-Free Childhood, said its 2016 report offers consumer safegua

Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson says lifting the cap on charter schools would have long-term negative impact for a number of cities in the Bay State. (L. Barrett)

BOSTON -- When voters go to the polls Tuesday to decide the fate of Question Two, a Boston City Councilor says the financial implications reach far beyond education - the entire city budget is at risk. Education Committee Chair Tito Jackson based his assessment on a report from the Boston CFO whic

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