Not A Charter Mom

Sad. Angry. Helpless. Heartbroken. Pissed off. Confused. Scared. Frustrated. Infuriated. Bitter. Fired up.   So many tears last night, for our family and thousands of other families across Massachusetts. We have again been denied seats in the school of our choice because of an arbitrary cap on charter schools in several communities that desperately want them. We will not be…

The day has come, but we are still here. And we are still standing strong together.

Today is March 5, six months to the day when U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Today was the day the Obama Administration’s program to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation was set to end. In the past five years, nearly 800,000 young people had benefited from DACA, through…

PARENT VOICES: Charter School Lottery Time …

By Kim Rivera, Massachusetts Parents United   This week marks a critical time for parents in Springfield and across the state of Massachusetts who are considering enrolling their children into a different school for next year: the application period and blind lottery selection process for many public charter schools. You’ll hear a lot of different opinions on charter schools depending…

Por favor, No Maten a Mis Hijos

Las aulas llenas de niños están siendo ejecutados diariamente en escuelas de todo Estados Unidos y no, nos importa. Yo sé que esa oración te está haciendo sentir realmente incómodo en este momento, pero ¿no es tiempo ya de ser honestos? Claro, sientes que es increíblemente injusto y cruel- pero ¿sabes qué más es injusto y cruel? Niños asesinados a…

Worthless to Who?

Last week I read Jack Schneider’s problematic piece in Commonwealth Magazine — another ode to the death of testing. (Jack, by the way, is the co-host of union-funded EduShyster’s podcast and is the director of the union-backed Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment.) Schneider writes books from a perspective we would expect — one from a person who thinks the…

A Note from The Coach

(Brian Bass is the Director of Organizing for Massachusetts Parents United. He’s “the coach” for our parents leaders, providing them the skills they need to be more effective when organizing in their own communities. I’ve known Brian for years — we’ve worked on a ton of campaigns across the Commonwealth together. But even though he’s one of the most talented…

Please Don’t Kill My Children

Classrooms full of children are being executed on a near-daily basis in schools across the United States and we don’t care. I know that sentence is making you really uncomfortable right now, but isn’t it just time to own it? Sure, you feel like it’s incredibly unfair and mean — but you know what else is unfair and mean? Kids…