Mass. colleges have shown ‘Patience of Job’ through pandemic, says state Sen. Anne Gobi of Spencer – News –

The COVID-19 pandemic has presented colleges and universities with financial challenges that will likely extend for multiple years and may not be sustainable for all institutions, heads of public and private universities told state lawmakers Tuesday.


“We don’t view this as a one-year deal,” University of Massachusetts President Marty Meehan told the Higher Education Committee. “We view this as a two- to three- to four-year deal, and I will say Madam Chairman, there are universities and colleges in New England who won’t survive this. What we’re trying to do at UMass is make sure at the end of this crisis that we still have five UMass campuses that are all nationally ranked and that are successful.”


The committee, chaired by Sen. Anne Gobi and Rep. Jeff Roy, heard virtual testimony from state education officials, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, and heads of community colleges and private and public universities for an

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Anne Arundel County teachers union wants to be included in reopening plans

There’s a war of words between the Anne Arundel County teachers union and the school superintendent. At issue: in-person learning and whether teachers have a voice in plans to return to the classroom.

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Confusion and mistrust, that’s how the head of the 6,000-member teachers association is describing the current relationship with the Board of Education.

From the sidewalk along Riva Road, across the street from school board headquarters, union president Russell Leone says teachers have been left out of major decisions when it comes to in-person learning.

“We reached out to Anne Arundel County Public Schools and Superintendent Arlotto with a desire to come to the table and create a formal plan to discuss the impacts that COVID-19 would have

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