News You Can Use

Here’s a couple of things we’re following this week: In this week’s edition of “How the Department of Education Turns – Massachusetts Edition”, The American Federation of Teachers quits the Leading the Nation Education Celebration Steering Committee with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with all the drama and flare you can imagine. Telling the group that there’s nothing…

Save It, Randi

This afternoon I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a couple of postings by AFT President Randi Weingarten regarding the Trump administration’s absolute failure in responding to Hurricane Maria and how we can help the families who are still struggling a month after. And she is fired up enough to be pushing a union-led effort to get more water…

MPU Statement on MCAS Results

STATEMENT FROM MASSACHUSETTS PARENTS UNITED ON THE RELEASE OF THE STATEWIDE MCAS RESULTS “Today’s release of the statewide MCAS results may come as a surprise to some, but not to parents across the Commonwealth — especially families of color who attend many of the urban and gateway cities schools across the state. These results are a powerful battle cry that…

Guest Blog: You Were Wrong

(Pastor Benjamin Echevarria, a Boston Foundation fellow, is the Executive Director of the Welcome Project and also serves as the co-chair of the The Tisch College Community Research Center at Tufts University. He is the Ward 1 chair of the Somerville Democrats and serves as the Chair of Political Education for the Latino Caucus of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.) As the executive…

How We Do MPU: Action in the Midst of a Crisis

I’ve said it before and I will say it again—I love strategy, templates, checklists, data-driven program design, and taking ample time to conduct contextual research on the characteristics of the people who Massachusetts Parents United will be designing the program/event/activity for. But sometimes events are unforeseen. There’s no time for strategy. There’s no time for lengthy proposals. So, what do we…

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

October 17th we will see the release of the full report on how kids in Massachusetts did on MCAS 2.0 — and all hell is breaking loose already following an initial release of base information last week. One in two Massachusetts elementary and middle school students who took the controversial “next generation MCAS” test failed to meet expectations, according to an…

It’s About Family: MPU to Open Regional Welcome Center

With nearly 300,000 Americans with direct connection to the island, Massachusetts is home to one of the largest Puerto Rican communities in America.  Massachusetts Parents United is an organization with our roots proudly planted firmly in the Latino community. And with powerful chapters in East Boston, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield — frankly, our members are Puerto Rican. Somos boricuas. Just…

New Gig for Dr. K

Hi EduMom Readers! My name is Kerry Akashian (pronounced like a special occasion). I live in Boston with my 6-year-old daughter, Fallon. You will be hearing a lot more from me as the year progresses. Let me start by saying thank you to Keri Rodrigues for inviting me to be on her team.  Here are 3 work-related things that you…

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

 (I swear this is not the Drudge Report, but I really need your attention. Kids need our help.) The city of Holyoke, Massachusetts is in the midst of a decades-long education crisis. After years of negligence and neglect on the part of local officials, the situation has gotten so bad the the entire system in now under state receivership. This…