Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech in Northampton, Massachusetts.
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The Clarke Schools for Hearing and Speech has gained a global reputation as a leader in deaf education.

Tenth-grader Sarah Fisher's take on Vincent van Gogh's "Starry Night," at a recent night of "bad art" in Belchertown, Massachusetts.
Jill Kaufman / NEPR

For many middle and high school students, the bar is set high for getting good grades, making the team, and landing the lead role in a play. Recognizing that, a library in western Massachusetts recently set the bar really low, offering a carefree event of making bad art.

A building on Deerfield Academy's campus.
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Deerfield Academy had an all-male student body until about three decades ago. Questions linger about how female students, and even faculty members, are treated at the private western Massachusetts boarding school. 

Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker.
Sam Doran / State House News Service

In the new year, Massachusetts politicians are going to have some extra disposable income.

Massachusetts Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito (at right) with Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders (center) and Maureen Gallagher of Jane Doe Inc. (at left).
Sam Doran / State House News Service

Massachusetts officials are poised to launch their first public awareness campaign around sexual assault and domestic violence in nearly 20 years, an effort Lt. Gov. Karyn Polito said will look to help teens learn about respect and healthy relationships.