Education

Will district schools embrace charter-like reforms?

Will district schools embrace charter-like reforms?

Burden now falls on local school leaders to deliver results

LONG BEFORE MORE than $40 million was spent last year making the cases for and against charter public school expansion, I was skeptical about using a statewide ballot initiative to decide the question. I believe ballot initiatives are best reserved for instances where the Legislature is flouting public opinion, and that wasn’t so with Massachusetts(...)

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Boston teachers union will welcome Chaffee

Boston teachers union will welcome Chaffee

National Teacher of the Year to be invited to speak to members

THE MASSACHUSETTS TEACHERS ASSOCIATION may not be interested in hearing from Sydney Chaffee, the Boston charter school educator who was recently named National Teacher of the Year, but the Boston Teachers Union wants her to come address its members. Richard Stutman, the longtime president of the union representing Boston Public Schools teachers, said his leadership(...)

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MTA deserves ‘time out’ for bad behavior

MTA deserves ‘time out’ for bad behavior

Union takes low road in refusing to honor National Teacher of the Year

AS REPORTED IN CommonWealth on Thursday, last weekend the Massachusetts Teachers Association decided to reject a resolution congratulating the 2017 National Teacher of the Year, Sydney Chaffee from Codman Academy, right here in Massachusetts. Usually the Massachusetts Teacher of the Year is celebrated by the MTA and given the chance to talk to their fellow(...)

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Mass. teachers union snubs National Teacher of the Year

Mass. teachers union snubs National Teacher of the Year

Votes down motion congratulating Dorchester charter school teacher

SYDNEY CHAFFEE WAS WELCOMED to the White House last month. She was honored at an event in Boston by the governor and the state education commissioner. But the first Massachusetts educator ever named National Teacher of Year was given the cold shoulder by the state’s largest teachers union. Delegates at the Massachusetts Teachers Association annual(...)

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Policy overload on fixing schools

Policy overload on fixing schools

Education reform faces big disconnect between designers and doers

When public policy goes one way and the premises of a culture go the other, you’ve got the formula for an unsustainable system of education. – Angus Campbell THERE IS CURRENTLY a disconnect between development and implementation of educational policy in the United States. When you speak with educators in the field it is evident(...)

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Smart buildings need smart workers

Smart buildings need smart workers

Roxbury Community College to launch degree program for smart-building techs

BOSTON IS SEEING fast growth and, with that, an increase in green buildings and sustainable design. Boston ranks fifth nationally in total LEED-certified space, outranking many of the greenest big cities. All of that is good news for jobs in this emerging field, with growing demand for technicians to run and maintain buildings specifically designed(...)

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Rosenberg: Put ed policy on hold until tax vote

Rosenberg: Put ed policy on hold until tax vote

Eyeing ‘millionaire’s tax,’ Senate president brushes off union bill, other legislation

EDUCATION POLICY INITIATIVES may take a back seat in the state Senate to a focus on boosting school funding through the proposed “millionaire’s tax” on high earners. Senate President Stan Rosenberg told an education group on Tuesday afternoon that his priority is pushing the proposal for a new income tax, which supporters want to have(...)

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Revisiting the Question 2 messaging battle

Revisiting the Question 2 messaging battle

Lots of factors in defeat of charter school expansion

CONFUSION IS THE ENEMY if you’re trying to build support for change. Local media still matters. And when it comes to education, voters will trust the word of their local school committee and their children’s teachers over that of their governor – even one who is rated the most popular state leader in the county.(...)

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State’s highest-paid employee survived 2 bad reviews

State’s highest-paid employee survived 2 bad reviews

School learns lesson, pays new UMass coach one-third of Kellogg’s salary

THE STATE’S HIGHEST PAID EMPLOYEE the past four years managed to hang onto his million-dollar-a-year job even after receiving back-to-back unsatisfactory performance reviews. Derek Kellogg, the former UMass men’s basketball coach, received unsatisfactory performance reviews after the 2014-2015 and 2015-2016 seasons. Yet he managed to hang on to his job through the 2016-2017 season before(...)

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‘Wraparound’ services helping kids succeed

‘Wraparound’ services helping kids succeed

Expansion of City Connects program to Springfield yielding results

WHEN CHILDREN WALK into their schools, they make everyone feel what they feel.  Teachers, principals, even superintendents can all feel the burdens students carry, especially those who struggle with poverty and despair. Some children talk about their challenges. Others don’t. Either way, educators and administrators feel the weight of the hunger, homelessness, mental health challenges,(...)

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