Good School Hunting Nails It …

Just swinging by quickly to give some props to my dear friend Erika Sanzi from Good School Hunting who has a killer blog today — taking a well-deserved victory lap for surviving the summer with three boys. I did it. I made it to the end of summer as a mom of three boys who works from home.  Though the…

MPU Convention 2017 Recap

Some said it couldn’t be done. But this weekend we did it — right here in Massachusetts. Hundreds of parents coming together to fight to put their children first. For safer neighborhoods. Affordable housing. And equitable access to high quality education for every child across the Commonwealth. The parent leaders of Massachusetts Parents United convened at the East Boston Social Center…

Parent Voices: We Must Stop 287g

Drastic changes to immigration policy now being undertaken by the current president of the United States are endangering families here in Massachusetts who originate from Latin American countries. Thousands of families like ours live in communities across the Commonwealth — touching every part of our state — from our urban centers to even rural areas where many work in the agricultural…

The Best Damn Parents the Union Can Find

EduMom serves on a lot of boards. Massachusetts Parents United now represents over 7,500 parents (7,520 as of this weekend to be exact, for those keeping track at home) so I’m asked to come out and talk about what our members are thinking. I spend a lot of time traveling across the state not so much TALKING to parents, but…

Thoughts on Charlottesville

My heart is hurting. I’ve been sitting here trying to write another piece for EduMom — and there is plenty to write about on a myriad of different education policy topics as we head toward the next school year. But honestly, after this weekend — I’m just not feeling it. The events in Charlottesville, Virginia has caught the attention of the nation and…

Fun with Salaries: UNION EDITION

Since we’ve all had some good fun talking about how much charter school leaders make in Massachusetts, it got me curious about some other folks making some BIG BUCKS in education — and they don’t even set foot in a school. To start off, I’m using the term "in education" very loosely. The Massachusetts Teachers Union is in business to advocate…

Parents: Reclaiming Our Time

Last week Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D- California) made headlines once again for demanding answers from the Trump administration — and Auntie Maxine would not be deterred. "Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming…

Give Jon Clark a Raise

Yesterday the Boston Globe wrote an attempt at a "gotcha-piece" about the salaries of Boston Charter School leaders — and of course the anti-charter crowd, eager for some red meat attempted to use this as some kind of evidence of … I’m not even sure what exactly. Interestingly enough, there hasn’t been a piece in the Boston Globe about the…

All the "Justice" Money Can Buy …

July was quite a month for EduMom. We took a brief hiatus following not one, but FOUR deaths in my family one right after another. It’s definitely been quite a journey — and my family has been so appreciative of all the kind words and positive thoughts we’ve had sent our way. We’re grateful. (One of the remembrances in memory…

The Dogs Are Barking and We Gallop Forward

(This piece was originally posted on the Massachusetts Parents United website.) At the end of the 19th Century, the famous Nicaraguan writer, poet and journalist Rubén Darío wrote, “si los perros ladran, Sancho, es señal que cabalgamos,” which translates to, “If dogs are barking, Sancho, it’s a sign that we are galloping forward.” He wrote it because he was discriminated…