ICYMI: EduMom in the 74: Blackface or No, Virginia Gov. Northam Has a History of Racist Views on Education. Unions and Democrats Supported Him Anyway

(For English, click the article — en espanol por favor, vea abajo.) La opinión de una madre:  Cara Negra (Blackface) o No, el gobernador de Virginia Ralph Northam tiene una historia de opiniones racistas sobre la educación. Los sindicatos y los demócratas lo apoyaron de todos modos. Es cómico observar las reacciones o, en algunos casos, la falta de ellas,…

MPU Parents in Springfield Went to Your Blank Check Meeting: We Weren’t Impressed

By Massachusetts Parents United – Springfield Chapter Massachusetts Parents United is proud to have created a statewide movement that prioritizes accountability of legislators concerning high quality education, safe neighborhoods, food security, and affordable housing. Our Springfield-focused initiatives are extremely exciting, and is supported by our work in the MPU Parent Welcome Center and our strong local parent organizers. In fact,…

Charter Schools Didn’t Change the World—Now Let’s Move Beyond That Tired Debate

By Andy Stern, Senior Advisor, Massachusetts Parents United and President Emeritus, SEIU A quarter century later, the verdict is in: Charter schools aren’t the panacea their proponents hoped. Now let’s lay down our arms and help the kids. The recent LA teachers strike, and the school board’s vote to recommend a moratorium on new charter schools, reignited the a long-standing…

Breakfast After the Bell: We did it! But the fight’s not over …

By Ola Szczesna, Director of Content and Research, Massachusetts Parents United Last week, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education announced that 283 high poverty schools across the Commonwealth will implement the Breakfast After he Bell program, providing 100,000 children free breakfast. Massachusetts Parents United and our parent members were on the front lines with phone banks, letters, petitions, testimonies, State…

Parents React to Governor Baker’s 2019 Budget Proposal

PARENTS REACT TO GOVERNOR BAKER’S 2019 BUDGET PROPOSAL Massachusetts Parents United Applauds Governor Baker’s Approach to Education Funding (BOSTON, MA) – Yesterday, Governor Baker unveiled his 2019 state budget that includes funding the Foundation Budget Review Commission’s recommendations and outlines 1.1 billion dollars for school funding over seven years with additional funds targeted towards high need districts and tied to…

We Attended Your ALL WHITE PANEL on Educational Equity: Here’s What We Thought.

By Ed Shoemaker, Massachusetts Parents United When you decide to go to an event called “SUPERINTENDENTS DEMAND EDUCATIONAL EQUITY FOR ALL STUDENTS” hosted by the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, one would think a question about equity will be welcomed.  I mean, come on. You’re “demanding educational equity” right? But that’s not what happened last night at an ALL WHITE PANEL…