Paul Toner

Executive Director, Teach Plus

Stories by Paul Toner

Lessons from Singapore 

Lessons from Singapore 

Known for its high-achieving schools, the nation offers Massachusetts a vision for 21st century teaching and learning

ON DECEMBER 6, the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) released the results of the 2015 Program for International Student Assessment (PISA), an assessment administered in 72 nations every three years that measures 15-year-old students’ skills in reading, mathematics, and science literacy. Massachusetts students did very well and placed toward the top of the(...)

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MTA head responds to pension column

MTA head responds to pension column

Says defined benefit system would cost taxpayers more

Stephen Eide’s argument for switching public employees in Massachusetts from a defined  benefit pension system to a defined contribution system (“Time for Real Pension Reform,” July 5, 2011) ignores one major impediment: Doing so would cost the taxpayers of Massachusetts hundreds of millions of dollars a year without improving the benefits provided to retirees. In(...)

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