The Truth About Massachusetts Charter Schools: A First-Hand Perspective

By Reily Connaughton, University of Massachusetts – Amherst, Master of Public Policy, Class of 2018 In 2016, Massachusetts education advocates were divided over a ballot question that would have lifted the cap on the number of charter schools sanctioned by the Commonwealth. Throughout the campaign many voters and organizers became disillusioned with the level of debate. The truth was stretched, allies…

MPU Parent Voices: We’re on the Move

By Rodolfo Aguilar, MPU Parent Leader When we talk about public education in Massachusetts, Governor Baker is proud that we are rank among the top states with improved scores in math, science and language, the statement is true but falls short in describing that there are two types of public education, the suburban public education where schools are better equipped…

Padres Unidos en Massachusetts: Estamos en movimiento!

Cuando hablamos de educación pública en Massachusetts, el Gobernador Baker se enorgullece de que estamos entre los primeros estados con puntajes mejorados en matemáticas, ciencia y lenguaje, la afirmación es cierta, pero no llega a describir que hay dos tipos de educación pública, la educación pública suburbana donde las escuelas están mejor equipadas y los estudiantes obtienen una educación de…

Here Comes the New Boss, Same as the Old Boss

The Massachusetts Teachers Association elected a “new” president in Boston this weekend — former Concord Teachers Association President and Barbara Madeloni-anointed-candidate, Merrie Najimy. So now what? Let’s dig in. A faithful lieutenant to Madeloni, Najami lost her bid to become Madeloni’s #2 two years ago to Erik Champy. This year Najimy bested him for the MTA’s top spot by about…

MPU: The time has come to pass Red Flag legislation in Massachusetts

By Ola Szczesna, Research and Policy Director, Massachusetts Parents United The mass school shooting in Parkland, Florida involved one unstable individual who used a legally purchased AR-15 rifle to shoot and kill 14 high school students and 3 staff members. Headlines across the country described the events of the tragic shooting, once again making the nation feel sorrow and helplessness. As…

The Real Imposters in the Education Conversation

Last week in a post for the Fordham Institute’s Flypaper, Erika Sanzi wrote a compelling piece about imposter syndrome in education reform — and began the conversation about who the real imposters are when it comes to education reform: Impostor syndrome is “the fear that you’ll be found out at any moment as an impostor who doesn’t belong in your…

EduMom on WBUR: SJC on Charter Schools in MA – So What’s Next?

Yesterday we covered the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed their decision to reject a lawsuit filed by five students attending low performing schools who want to attend charter schools. Check out the coverage featuring EduMom on 90.9 WBUR here: “Watching your own children have to suffer in a school that’s under-performing — and knowing that it’s the result of a…

SJC Rejects Challenge to Charter School Cap

More breaking edu-news today! Today the Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court affirmed their decision to reject a lawsuit filed by five students attending low performing schools who want to attend charter schools. From State House News Service: “We conclude that they have failed to state a claim under the education clause because, to state a claim, the plaintiffs would need to…

City on a Hill Charter Schools Vote to Join BTU

Breaking news: All three campuses of City on a Hill Charter Schools (two in Boston, one in New Bedford) have now voted to join the Boston Teachers Union. The COAH educators and staff now join the BTU, a union that hates charter schools with the fire of a thousand suns, with the expectation that they will now be capable of…