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Extra! Extra! Read all about it …

There’s a new education news publication in town. Schoolyard News! Billing itself as a “independent parent-run news site for BPS families” the site is actually run by editor Alain Jehlen! Alain is not independent, not a BPS parent — and frankly, doesn’t even live in Boston. But guess what? SURPRISE! He *is* a former staffer for the National Educators Association!…

Real Talk About Parent Advocacy

It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Sometimes I feel like parent advocacy in education is the world’s longest case study in the history of insanity. If you’re one of those folks who think parent advocacy is a cute little add on to your education…

Let’s Talk About Dark Money!

If you decide to get into the education policy arena and have the audacity to challenge any position advanced by the teachers unions in power, chances are, you’re going to be accused of accepting evil “dark money.” From there, folks who can’t find a way to articulate a coherent argument against your education reform position will attempt to paint you…

DFER Speaks Truth to Power

ICYMI: Liam Kerr nails it — calling out the BTU for their smoke and mirrors attempt to defend paying teachers who don’t teach over $100k a year — by trying to tie Democrats for Education Reform to Donald Trump. With a thorny issue like the excess pool, a politician is better off pointing to Trump than proposing a solution. The…

Don’t Talk About It, Be About It

  Massachusetts Parents United is an action oriented organization. We’re not trying to sit around and just think deep thoughts about building safer neighborhoods, securing affordable housing and ensuring every kid has access to the high quality education they deserve while wishing it would all just go away — there are plenty of folks who have done all that. We…

Use Your Brain

Here’s what the Springfield Public Schools is using to do outreach to incoming Puerto Rican families joining the community: Notice any problem here? Under registration requirements lists as requirements: Immunization records Birth certificate Legal guardianship paperwork Prior school records School transfer Academic transcript/most recent report card Discipline records Special ed/IEP records Attendance records “If you have some or any of…

News You Can Use

Here’s a couple of things we’re following this week: In this week’s edition of “How the Department of Education Turns – Massachusetts Edition”, The American Federation of Teachers quits the Leading the Nation Education Celebration Steering Committee with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with all the drama and flare you can imagine. Telling the group that there’s nothing…

Save It, Randi

This afternoon I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a couple of postings by AFT President Randi Weingarten regarding the Trump administration’s absolute failure in responding to Hurricane Maria and how we can help the families who are still struggling a month after. And she is fired up enough to be pushing a union-led effort to get more water…