Elementary and Secondary Education

Ignore the charter school think-tank crowd

Ignore the charter school think-tank crowd

We don’t need and can't afford charter school expansion in New Bedford

YOU ARE AN EDUCATION RESEARCHER sent to discover best practices in urban schools so that you can replicate them to create results for more kids—kids who you believe are trapped in mediocre schools. You look at three exemplar schools to scale up: School A has 336 students and rates in the state’s 85th accountability percentile,(...)

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New civics education law misses the mark

New civics education law misses the mark

Thinking ‘civically’ can’t really be legislated

WHEN THE NATION has an itch, the schools get a scratch. As a result, Massachusetts students are getting a new civics requirement, which Charlie Baker signed into law Thursday. Many in the Commonwealth and around the United States have developed concerns over the past few years about the health of our democracy. Without question, this(...)

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As a teacher, I think it’s time to rethink education accountability

As a teacher, I think it’s time to rethink education accountability

Schools alone can’t get the job done

AS A TEACHER, I believe that accountability is necessary to help districts lift their underperforming schools. As a teacher in a turnaround school, I’m convinced that only a radical accountability model—one that substantively addresses the community and holistic needs of everyone—can help children meet the outcomes they’re capable of. In Massachusetts, public schools are evaluated(...)

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Chang exits with $267,383-plus

Chang exits with $267,383-plus

Leaves 2 years early, gets 1 year’s salary

FORMER BOSTON PUBLIC SCHOOLS superintendent Tommy Chang received $267,383, the equivalent of one year’s salary, for agreeing to resign two years before his contract was scheduled to expire. According to the settlement agreement, Chang will also be paid for 27 days of accrued vacation time and three days of accrued personal paid time off. A(...)

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Parent provocateur

Parent provocateur

Mom-in-chief Keri Rodrigues rallies parents on education issues, but her past work on charters dogs her

PHOTOGRAPHS BY MICHAEL MANNING IT’S A THURSDAY EVENING in late May and about 20 immigrant parents and grandparents are gathered in a meeting room of the Cambodian Mutual Assistance Association in Lowell. It’s the monthly meeting of the local chapter of Massachusetts Parents United, a statewide organization launched two years ago to give low-income families(...)

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It’s time for another McDuffy case

It’s time for another McDuffy case

State needs to address inequality in education

WHEN THE PUBLIC SEEKS to improve the educational outcomes for students, we tend to misdirect our frustration towards teachers unions, low-performing district schools, and/or the existence of charter schools. The problem, however, is much larger than any one school. In reality, cash-strapped urban districts and Gateway Cities across Massachusetts are not getting their fair share of(...)

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Don’t let charters take over in Puerto Rico

Don’t let charters take over in Puerto Rico

It’s New Orleans all over again – and that’s not good

RICARDO ROSSELLO, the governor of Puerto Rico, recently signed an education reform bill that will introduce charter schools to Puerto Rico for the first time in history. The signing of the bill took place while students, parents, and teachers have been relentlessly protesting the proposed closure of 283 schools across the island. The current government(...)

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Tracing Latino educational inequality

Tracing Latino educational inequality

In Massachusetts, Latino college graduation gap among widest in US

MASSACHUSETTS IS FALLING FAR SHORT when it comes to educating Latino students, with a four-year college graduation gap between white and Latino students that is the 37th worst in the country. The wide gulf in completion rates exists despite the fact that Massachusetts Latino students demonstrate higher achievement in K-12 education than Latinos nationally, according(...)

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Tufts officials explain their civics research

Tufts officials explain their civics research

Dispute Milford principal’s interpretation of their work

THE MASSACHUSETTS LEGISLATURE is considering a bill (S. 2306) to enhance civic education. We are excited about its prospects and welcome the debate that the bill has provoked, including the critical comments of Milford High School principal Joshua Otlin, who is an experienced and dedicated civic educator. The bill is an opportunity for all citizens(...)

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