Massachusetts Education Reform Act

Bill Weld mastered the classics – and disruption of education status quo

Bill Weld mastered the classics – and disruption of education status quo

Mass. schools owe a debt to governor who signed 1993 reform law

MASSACHUSETTS’ 68TH GOVERNOR, Bill Weld, might be the only state executive in a century who dreams in ancient languages and can effortlessly connect lessons from 5th-century B.C. Greek historians with modern K-12 education policy. In paraphrasing Thucydides’ masterpiece, History of the Peloponnesian War, Weld described why he, Tom Birmingham, and Mark Roosevelt — architects of the(...)

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Rejuvenating Massachusetts education reform

Rejuvenating Massachusetts education reform

Let's build on and reward districts adopting proven innovations

ON THIS 25TH ANNIVERSARY of the Education Reform Act of 1993, the education reform effort in Massachusetts is divided, exhausted and directionless. Given the unrelenting pressure from global competition and the large gaps in achievement which remain, our leaders must find a way to rejuvenate improvement efforts. However, given the divisions among us, we should(...)

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Falling short on school standards and funding

Falling short on school standards and funding

As Mass. celebrates 25th anniversary of 1993 reform law, we're squandering our gains

AS MASSACHUSETTS MARKS the 25th anniversary of a landmark Education Reform Act that propelled us to the head of the national class in public education, the Commonwealth’s latest results from the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) are mildly encouraging.  But they alone cannot erase what has been nearly a decade of troubling news on(...)

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Charter schools’ early days in Massachusetts

Charter schools’ early days in Massachusetts

Two players from 1993 ed reform reflect on charter history – and future

JUST HOURS BEFORE Gov. Charlie Baker joined with Hispanic leaders in East Boston on Tuesday afternoon to rally on behalf of his proposal to raise the cap on charter schools, two people who were there when charter schools were first authorized in the state 23 years ago shared some of that history – and considered(...)

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