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This Year’s Shenanigans at the MTA Annual Meeting

Imagine you’re a teacher in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Every month around $800 leaves your check and goes directly to the teachers union. But you literally have no say about how that money is used — or even about who gets to decide how the money is used. It’s all left to an exclusive group of people who you likely…

A Dress Code for … Parents?

I firmly believe that all of my sons’ future neurosises will come from years of chaos during the hours of 6AM-8AM. I’m not sure what happens in your house, but mornings in our house go something like this: Stumble out of bed — to find that I’m out of coffee. Stuff a chocolate chip Cliff Bar into my mouth. Find…

Gracie’s Fight

(A Medford mom and champion for equity and inclusion, Melanie has fought against the system for the rights of her daughter. Today she talks about her heartbreaking decision to move Grace to a more restrictive setting because of the inability of the public school system to accommodate her needs. With a masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education…

Massachusetts Parents United – Boston Unified Statement on the Boston Public Schools Superintendent Finalists

“We are thrilled that the committee has selected three candidates of color to lead the Boston Public Schools. Now comes the tough part. Running the Boston Public Schools should not be a training ground for new superintendents. It’s concerning that we are not able to attract a seasoned superintendent with a track record of success in running another large urban…

The Last Gasps of Desperation on Alma del Mar

Here we go: NEW BEDFORD — The City Council did not come to an agreement Thursday night about special legislation for the proposed second campus of Alma del Mar Charter School. The special legislation would establish an agreement among the city, Alma, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create a neighborhood-based charter school. Current state law only…

MCAS Question Controversy: Unions Attempt to Play Politics with Kids for Their Own Benefit, AGAIN

“What kind of idiot would have students imagine the rationalizations of a racist coward who shrinks from moral responsibility?” Colson Whitehead, Author of “Underground Railroad” Apparently, all kinds of idiots. From the Boston Globe — news of a racist-as-hell question appearing on the exam asking students to write an essay from the perspective of a racist: “When 10th-graders sat down…

Save Our Public Schools — Or Maybe Save Our Kids From Sharon Public Schools?

Physics teacher Brad Lengas was suspended from the Sharon Public Schools in December and then fired in February after being charged with indecent assault and battery on a person over 14. What went down? Several students went to the police demanding action after they were ignored by Sharon High School principal Jose Libano when they complained about Lengas’ inappropriate behavior…