PARENTS WIN! New Education Funding Bill Adds $$ Plus Major Focus on Accountability, Transparency and Addressing the Achievement Gap

For Immediate Release Massachusetts Parents United Applauds New Education Funding Bill Parent Calls for Increased Focus on Accountability and Transparency  Reflected in the Student Opportunity Act (BOSTON, MA) The Joint Committee on Education today released the Student Opportunity Act, a bill that proposes to enact the full recommendations of the Foundation Budget Review Commission by increasing education funding by $1.5…

Lessons from Teachers: How to Include Families with Limited Formal Education

BY ARLENE SANCHEZ AND ELYSA SEVERINGHAUS (Reposted with permission.) “Me mandaron este reporte sobre mi hijo—está en inglés, pero aún si estuviera en español, son como 30 páginas en blanco.” These are the words of an EdNavigator member who left Guatemala seeking safety and educational opportunity for his children. Jorge is describing a report he and his wife received detailing…

Keeping Our Promises

This summer has been tough. After a two and a half year battle with stomach and brain cancer, my former husband, Jerry Lorenzo, died on July 23rd. Jerry left behind three heartbroken little boys, a gigantic mountain of paperwork and a million questions with very few answers. Jerry was only 41-years-old when he died and was the beloved best buddy…

Moms Like Me Need You to Keep Fighting for Quality Educational Options for Our Kids

I recently had a chance to lead a rally at the National Charter Schools Conference (NCSC) alongside other keynote speakers Howard Fuller, an icon of social justice activism, and Myrna Castrejón, who’s leading the fight to protect educational access in California. Below is my address to the educational leaders and activists who were in attendance, in full: My name is…

This Year’s Shenanigans at the MTA Annual Meeting

Imagine you’re a teacher in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Every month around $800 leaves your check and goes directly to the teachers union. But you literally have no say about how that money is used — or even about who gets to decide how the money is used. It’s all left to an exclusive group of people who you likely…

A Dress Code for … Parents?

I firmly believe that all of my sons’ future neurosises will come from years of chaos during the hours of 6AM-8AM. I’m not sure what happens in your house, but mornings in our house go something like this: Stumble out of bed — to find that I’m out of coffee. Stuff a chocolate chip Cliff Bar into my mouth. Find…