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The 27 year old suspect who attempted to bomb the New York subway reveals his motive; also on our rundown; a look at how the GOP tax plan targets the Affordable Care Act's individual mandate; plus - Tis the season, to get ready for tax season.

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Public News Service - MA: Children's Issues

Massachusetts educators say standardized testing is putting increasing pressure on students.<br />(Alberto G./Flickr)

BOSTON -- New research seems to suggest what many Bay State educators have been saying for a while: the time spent preparing students for testing can degrade the overall quality of teaching. A new study, that includes two unidentified Massachusetts school districts, found when tougher tests were us

Lead was found in water from almost half of public-school taps tested. (deepcove/Pixabay)

LENOX, Mass. – Massachusetts needs to get the lead out of drinking water in schools and day-care centers. That's the message public-health advocates took to a legislative committee hearing on Monday. The Joint Committee on the Environment, Natural Resources and Agriculture was taking testimo

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

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