Massachusetts is a national leader when it comes to education, but its public colleges have long been treated as second-class institutions, operating in the shadows of top-notch private schools. Declining state support has some experts wondering whether Massachusetts can still afford to support four public universities.
High school seniors across the country are prepping for their graduation ceremonies. At a charter school in Boston, another big day comes a few weeks earlier when seniors make their college decisions public at an emotional school-wide ceremony in front of family and friends.
Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker and Boston Mayor Marty Walsh have partnered to launch a program that makes public college tuition-free for low-income Boston residents. Boston joins , and in pushing for free college, but affordability advocates wonder how many students will benefit from the plan.