The Connecticut State Capitol in Hartford.
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Two bills before Connecticut lawmakers would require schools to teach African-American, as well as Puerto Rican and Latino history.

Starting in May, the UMass Amherst business school is offering a degree-granting program on the former campus of Mount Ida College, in Newton.

Some professors at UMass Boston are angry about the move. They see it as UMass Amherst competing directly with UMass Boston’s business school.

UMass Amherst’s Isenberg School of Management will offer a master’s of science in business and analytics on the old Mount Ida campus.

The Lamont administration wants to spend $800,000 to hire experts to help school districts regionalize and consolidate services in Connecticut.

On Monday, at the annual State of the University address at the UMass Club, UMass President Marty Meehan announced the university system will move into adult online education, to better compete with Southern New Hampshire University and other big schools that offer courses and degrees online.

Meehan said one big reason to move into online education is that the number of college students in New England is declining.

Southern Vermont College, in Bennington, announced Monday that it will be closing at the end of the spring semester. The college's president, David Evans, made the announcement in a press release sent out Monday morning.