FOR SEVERAL WEEKS, opposition to Betsy DeVos as President Trump’s nominee for secretary of education was front and center in the news – and that was largely thanks to educators. The extent of our dissent, with tens of thousands of letters and phone calls to legislators against her nomination, was tremendous. While the Senate ultimately(...)
Some charter backers rush to distance themselves from ed pick
THE BATTLE OVER President Trump’s pick for education secretary, Betsy DeVos, had teachers unions, public school advocates, and many on the political left in high dudgeon. DeVos’s record of support for charter schools and voucher programs, and her lack of any experience in district public schools, made her the target of the most organized effort to(...)
The Boston Public Schools will be spending an estimated $8 million this year paying teachers who won’t be teaching. Is that a colossal waste of money, or simply a cost of doing business? It started out in 2014 as a noble experiment. Many principals were grumbling that they often were saddled with educators they didn’t(...)
It’s the kind of effort few newspapers have the time, space, or resources to make an investment in pursuing, but it’s an important issue that needs to be put before readers and policymakers. It’s a multi-story, multimedia look at the heartrending problem of educating homeless students — some 4,000 in Boston alone, nearly 1 in(...)
The Globe Magazine over the weekend carried a provocative headline: “Work hard. Go to college. Get ahead…and other bad advice we’re giving low-income students.” The story by Neil Swidey doesn’t quite match the headline, but it nevertheless paints a very troubling portrait of low-income students getting in way over their heads financially at what Swidey(...)
For the second time this year, Boston Public Schools students walked out of classes to protest budget cuts they say imperil their ability to get a quality education. Tuesday’s walkout was much smaller than a demonstration in March, when several thousand students arrived in front of the State House and then marched to City Hall.(...)
Vulnerable children. Sexual predators. Secret payoffs. They were the toxic ingredients of a generational scandal 15 years ago that was blown open by the Boston Globe’s Spotlight team and one that the paper’s investigative unit thinks is repeating itself in private schools around New England and beyond. In 2001, the Globe’s stories about clergy sex abuse(...)
We have a long way to go to rid schools of the toxic testing culture
It is the supreme art of the teacher to awaken joy in creative expression and knowledge –Albert Einstein DURING MY PROFESSIONAL career in education, I spent a short time (a year and a half) as an elementary school principal,(...)
Fights for accountability provision in face of union pushback
IN 2002, TED KENNEDY celebrated one of the signature achievements of his legislative career when George W. Bush signed the No Child Left Behind Act, which the Massachusetts senator helped steer through Congress. The law, which passed with overwhelming bipartisan support, marked a turning point in national education policy, the first time a muscular set(...)
What do boycotts of standardized testing say about the state of ed reform policy?
Fordham Institute’s Robert Pondiscio and Massachusetts education blogger Jennifer Berkshire talk with CommonWealth magazine’s Michael Jonas about the opt-out movement in which students are refusing to take standardized tests.