A small owl is perched on a wire of a utility pole with multiple insulators and wires attached. The background is a clear, overcast sky.

New transmission planning rule takes MA wildlife into account

Federal regulators are considering the effects modernizing America’s energy grid will have on wildlife. A 2023 NatureServe report showed 40% of animals are at risk of extinction and 41% of ecosystems are at risk of range-wide collapse; photo via Pexels.com. Conservation groups in Massachusetts are backing the Biden Administration’s new plan to update the nation’s power grid….

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MA ballot measure would end MCAS graduation requirement

Parents and educators in Massachusetts are collecting signatures for a possible ballot measure this November to end the Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System or MCAS (“M-cass”) graduation requirement. Massachusetts is one of only eight states that still requires students to pass a standardized test to receive their diploma, but data show a disproportionate number of students of color, those with disabilities and English-language learners are failing to make the grade.

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