Mariano: Ideas worth considering for Worcester

“It is important that city officials focus on the day-to-day operation of our city departments – on routine services, both big and small, that we receive. Many departments do a good job, but all of them can do better. Here are a few ideas worth considering.”

STEM education vital to fill millions of job openings by 2024

STEM employment growth is double that of other jobs, and 93 out of 100 STEM careers had wages above the national average. IT expert Monica Eaton-Cardone calls for expanded STEM education to improve career opportunities for women.

Editorial: Connor’s conversation

In penning the poignant obituary of their 15-year-old son, Jason and Teresa Tronerud dispensed with the usual “passed unexpectedly” or “died after a short illness” qualifiers. Instead, they offered us the necessary gifts of courage, candor and a call to action.

Mass. schools absorb 2,000-plus students from Puerto Rico

Acting Education Commissioner Jeff Wulfson told the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education that the pace of arrivals has accelerated in the last couple of weeks. Education officials are now looking to see if there will be a “considerable increase after the holidays, as many folks are expecting,” he said.

Marotta: Time for education system to evolve — just ask the teachers

“The system that I teach in is not designed for how my students grow up,” says one veteran Worcester Public Schools teacher. “They all have phones; they grew up in a digital age … [but] we still have to teach them in a form that they are not going to encounter when they enter the workforce. This is how they grew up taking in information, and it’s the opposite of what we do in our classroom.”