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State Moves to Tie Financial Aid to Higher Graduation Rates

Massachusetts spent $86.9 million on grants and scholarships and $40.2 million on no-interest loans, tuition waivers and other aid in the 2009-2010 academic year, the last period for which the figures are available, according to the National Association of State Student Grant and Aid Programs.

Virtual School to Shut Down

The local school committee that runs the state’s only online public elementary and secondary school has voted to shut it down rather than allow it to be subjected to state regulatory oversight.

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UMass Police Ordered To Stop Secret Taping

A state judge late today ordered the University of Massachusetts-Amherst police department to stop taping conversations in their new $12.5 million headquarters, following complaints from officers they were being secretly recorded for at least a year.

Campus Sexual Assaults Follow-Up

Records from the Office for Civil Rights show that New England colleges and universities have rarely been reprimanded for their handling of sexual assault or harassment complaints.

NECIR Sex Assault report prompts action at U-Mass Amherst

Officials at the University of Massachusetts Amherst this week acknowledged that they allowed a student who confessed to raping a friend on campus last fall, a felony, to remain enrolled and avoid significant discipline.