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Our Next Commissioner

Massachusetts Parents United has been asked to submit questions and attend the interview hearing to select the next Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and we’re excited that parents have been invited to be an active part of the process. And despite some attempts to make the process into a political circus, we’re taking it seriously. This…

3 Finalists Named to Be the Baystate’s Next Ed Commish

The field has been narrowed to three in the search for the next Massachusetts Education Commissioner with the only male finalist hailing from bay-state and two women who would be coming in from outside the state. Interestingly, all three are alumni of Teach for America, a national nonprofit that puts recent high achieving college graduates into urban and rural classrooms.…

GUEST POST: Our Wish List for the Next DESE Commissioner

(Kerry Akashian is the Editor-in-Chief at MassEdWatch.org, a former educator in the Lowell Public Schools and Urban Literacy Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Born and raised in Lowell, Kerry holds a Ph.D. from Lesley University and most importantly, is the mother of a feisty 6-year old who attends the Boston Public Schools.) Former Commissioner Mitchell…

Massachusetts 2018 Democratic Gubernatorial Candidates Host Bad Karaoke Night

This weekend I saw some veterans of the NoOn2 campaign rejoicing over the news that all three of the Democratic gubernatorial candidates in Massachusetts pledged their allegiance to the anti-charter movement this weekend in Western Massachusetts. The saddest part of all of this? It’s pure politics and it means little to nothing for kids. None of these candidates have any…

Happening Now: Boston Public School Parents on the March

It’s standing room only with parents furious about the newly proposed BPS start times packing the Bolling Building for tonight’s Boston School Committee Meeting. So many parents that they are now huddled in the hallways and watching on monitors.   There will be limited time for parents to speak tonight, but MPU will be hosting another opportunity tomorrow night in…

BPS School Start Time Changes: Parents Step Up and Be Heard

From MPU parent leader, Rodolfo Aguilar: On Wednesday December 6th, the Boston School Committee voted unanimously in favor of changing the school day for high school students — impacting almost every family in the city beginning next academic year. (2017-2018) (To meet the new start time for your child’s school, go to bostonpublicschools.org/Page/7017) The vote was approved to change high…