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March 19, 2013

English MCAS test postponed until March 25

BOSTON — An approaching storm that could drop close to a foot of snow on some parts of Massachusetts prompted the state to postpone the MCAS English composition exam scheduled for today to March 25.

The Massachusetts Comprehensive Assessment System test was scheduled to be administered to public school students in the fourth, seventh and 10th grades.

The state Department of Elementary and Secondary Education yesterday sent a memo to school officials around the state announcing that the test would be postponed due to the likelihood of school closings today.

Attorney General Ortiz to address NECC graduates

Carmen Ortiz, the U.S. Attorney for the District of Massachusetts, will be the featured speaker at Northern Essex Community College’s 51st Commencement on Saturday, May 18 at 11 a.m.

The commencement will be held under a tent on the quadrangle on the college’s Haverhill Campus and approximately 1,100 graduates are expected to receive certificates and associate degrees.

“U.S. Attorney Ortiz has dedicated much of her professional career to public service, and she is a role model for our students,” said NECC President Lane Glenn. “She holds the distinction of being the first Hispanic and the first woman to represent Massachusetts as U.S. Attorney.”

Ortiz was nominated by President Barack Obama for the position of U.S. attorney and was confirmed by the U.S. Senate in November of 2009. As the chief federal law enforcement officer in Massachusetts, she supervises the prosecution of all federal crimes and the litigation of all civil matters in which the federal government has an interest. She oversees the work of more than 200 attorneys and support staff in Boston, Worcester and Springfield.

Prior to becoming U.S. Attorney, she was an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the economic crimes unit of the U.S. Attorney’s Office (Massachusetts), and also served as grand jury supervisor. Ortiz also served for eight years as a state prosecutor in Middlesex County, where she oversaw the District Court, and prosecuted homicides, sexual assaults, robberies and other felony cases.

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