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Anti-bullying Program is Toothless in Massachusetts

The Massachusetts anti-bullying law, hailed in 2010 as model legislation, is toothless and often ineffective, underfunded, hobbled by a lack of oversight and lacking requirements for tracking the number of bullying incidents.

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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.