Last Bell: Chester on Modern Educational Challenges, MacArthur and MasterCard Foundations on Education Philanthropy, State Ethics Commission, and more

Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester is speaking at Harvard’s Graduate School of Education Thursday afternoon about Educational Challenges of the 21st Century. The event will be live streamed.

The 2014 Global Philanthropy Forum, held in Redwood City, Calif. through the end of the week will turn to education Thursday evening with a conversation with Robert Gallucci, president of the John D. and Catherine T. MacArthur Foundation, and Reeta Roy, president and chief executive of The MasterCard Foundation. The event begins at 11 p.m. EST. Watch the livestream here:

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As Mass General Hospital Grant Comes to an End, Revere Schools Look to Casino Funds

As Revere schools face the loss of thousands of dollars in private funding, school officials hoping to keep existing programs afloat are optimistic money promised by casino developer Mohegan Sun will close the gap.

Out of the tens of millions of dollars Mohegan Sun has promised to the city under a deal approved by voters in February, officials have earmarked $1 million for the school system. That money could help replace soon-to-expire funds from Massachusetts General Hospital, which had paid Revere schools $1.4 million over seven years under a state mandate regarding hospital expansions. Read More →

Last Bell: Mitchell Chester Visits Arizona, Harvard Ed. Prof Earns Guggenheim Fellowship, BU Prof Named to State Teacher Standards Group, Joel Klein Talks About Murdoch's Edtech "Startup," and ProPublica Looks at Segregation in America's Schools

Massachusetts education commissioner Mitchell Chester was in Arizona this week advising Flagstaff educators about education reform. Writes the Arizona Daily Sun of the meeting:

Mitchell Chester, the state commissioner of elementary and secondary education, was surprisingly candid. Yes, Massachusetts has come a long way — it leads the nation … Read More →

Last Bell: $660 million in software from Siemens, agriculture at St. John's School, and Boston's pre-school push

Siemens will provide nearly $660 million of in-kind software grants for Massachusetts vocational high schools, technical community colleges and universities.

Reports Business Wire:

Students will now have access to the same Siemens’ product lifecycle management (PLM) software used throughout the global manufacturing industry to design, develop and manufacture some of the world’s most sophisticated products in a variety of industries, including automotive, aerospace, consumer products, medical devices, machinery, shipbuilding, apparel and high-tech electronics.

The Globe’s Shirley Leung spoke with Siemens USA chief executive Eric Spiegel who said manufacturing jobs “are not blue collar. Plat workers workers now walk around with iPads in their hands.” Read More →

Last Bell: Charter School opinions, MASC legislative update, Brookings on teacher preparation, edtech IPO, high school trends, and a new professional development initiative at BU

The Washington Post this weekend published the opinion of BPS parent Mary Battenfeld. Battenfeld is a member of parent group Quality Education for Every Student. In the piece she outlines why she opposes the growth of charter schools in Massachusetts.

The Massachusetts charter school lobby has called up … Read More →