Former Head of Massachusetts Schools Weighs in on Tenth Anniversary of No Child Left Behind

The sweeping federal education reform act called No Child Left Behind was signed into law  in January of 2002. The cornerstone of the legislation—more standards-based academic testing and strict accountability measures. But now, ten years later, efforts to renew the law are bogged down. Former Commissioner of the Massachusetts Department of Education- David Driscoll was at the helm when NCLB was passed and is considered the architect of the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment Test-or MCAS-which predated the federal standards.

Movies On Christmas

Many Jews have a quasi-tradition on Christmas. They go out to the movies and eat Chinese food. But  they're no longer the only ones enjoying a movie on the holiday.

A Town Hit Hard by the June 1st Storms Looks Back Six Months Later

Today marks the six month anniversary of the devastating and rare June 1st tornados that swept through parts of Western New England. The town of Monson , Massachusetts was particularly hard hit. New England Public Radio's Susan Kaplan spoke with Town Administrator Gretchen Neggers about the storm's aftermath.

Seeking Coffee and Warmth After the Storm in Amherst, Massachusetts

Store front after  store front remained shuttered, while cars and people  searched for a warm place to hang  out and a good cup of coffee. One of the first to  open was Henion Bakery, a nook of a business that was packed. An elderly couple sat bundled up sipping  hot drinks. Hugh Clark said he's lived in Amherst all his life, 86 years. So he's seen a storm or two. But he said, " Not like this."  Waiting in line– North Amherst resident Carol Cochrane said the early storm caused more damage than she remembers seeing in the past.