Category: Blog

Thoughts on the Boston Superintendent Search

In the past few weeks, the Boston Superintendent Search Committee has held a couple of hearings and community feedback sessions at the Bruce Bolling Municipal Building. What critical component was missing? Community. We’ve said it before and we’ll say it again, voting is your passport to democracy. Use it! The Boston Public Schools serve mostly children of color and the…

Welcome to Zaida Luna!

MPU is thrilled to welcome a new member to our team, Zaida Luna! Zaida is a well-known and longtime warrior for children, women, the elderly, and the community. For the last 20 years, she has been a community organizer and advocate fighting to prevent the building of a correctional facility in the neighborhood; working towards a better, stronger, and healthier…

Wildflower Families Bloom in A Sea of Union Red

By Brian “The Coach” Bass, Director of Organizing, Massachusetts Parents United Sometimes education fights feel like Groundhog Day. Different zip codes, different parents, different kids, same stale talking points, same stale opposition. Change the name on the building or the name of the school, swap out a different logo, but be prepared to refute the same nonsense playbook that you’ve…

Dear Superintendents: Fairy Tales are for Kids, Not Parents

An epidemic has hit Massachusetts. An epidemic of critical proportions that threatens the lives of children in every city and town and jeopardizes the future of every community in the Commonwealth. It’s a public information crisis. Some Massachusetts school superintendents are systemically lying to the public about how poorly their school districts are performing. They are painting a picture of…

EduMom in CommonWealth Magazine: Listen to New Bedford families, not special interests

I wrote this piece for today’s Commonwealth Magazine. At Massachusetts Parents United we have been working with New Bedford parents on the ground for several months. It’s what we do. Now isn’t it about time we listened to them? SINCE THE 2016 BALLOT campaign around charter schools, we’ve seen victory lap after victory lap from the regressive anti-innovation crowd in…

Women in Education Leadership: Boos and Cheers

Last week, we posted about the midterm elections and the historic gains for women, particularly those of color. We tempered our excitement by noting the fact that women still remain massively underrepresented in government positions of power. Today, we add to our cheers and boos with new information on the role of women in higher education and K-12 leadership. Let’s start…