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Hitting the Gas on the School to Prison Pipeline: Racist Police in Springfield

Massachusetts is the hotbed of resistance to the Trump administration and home to the largest disapproval in the country based on the President’s actions on immigration, women rights and healthcare. Yet the state also has the distinction of having one the deepest racial economic divides in country on nearly every metric. There is no more of illustrative example of that…

Dear Administrators: You eat breakfast, don’t you? Time to make sure all your students do too.

By Ola Szczesna, Massachusetts Parents United During January of this year, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education sent out a letter calling on school superintendents and leaders of high poverty schools to implement a breakfast program for kids called Breakfast After the Bell. There were 287 schools listed in the letter from DESE, all who are considered high poverty…

The Numbers Don’t Lie

Well, lookie here! Even though Alma del Mar has been under attack by a powerful, well-funded union campaign machine for months on end — parents in New Bedford are still signing up for the chance to get a seat in droves: Alma del Mar Charter School held their enrollment lottery Wednesday night with more than 100 hopeful family, friends and…

Alma del Mar Teachers Have Had Enough of the Lies and Distortion – And EduMom is Here for It

Brittney Sousa, Middle School Academic Dean and Seventh Grade Humanities Teacher Jessica Summers, Third Grade Lead Teacher, at Alma del Mar In his February 6, 2019 piece on WBSM “Numbers Don’t Lie on Charter Schools,” Mr. Jack I. Bartholet cherry-picked information from the Commonwealth’s new (and complex) accountability system to misrepresent the learning and growth taking place in the Alma…

Hey! These kids CAN learn! Maybe it’s your system and not “THESE PEOPLE”?

Hot off the presses – another new Boston Globe piece about Metco: Metco students outperforming those in BPS, charter schools The Harvard report showing that on two key indicators — graduating from high school and enrolling in college, the Metco program is outperforming BPS and charters: “The four-year graduation rate for students in the Metco program was about 30 percentage…

MassINC Says Local Accountability is the Way Forward: Here’s What It Looks Like.

This week MassINC release a report talking about the untapped strategy of local accountability to advance student achievement in Massachusetts Public Schools. Perhaps this is a strategy that is best left untapped. Here’s New Bedford School Committee Member John Oliveria at Monday’s school committee meeting: This school committee meeting is taking place at the Keith Middle school — one of…

The Twilight Zone Hits the New Bedford School Committee: EduMom Reports

Picture this … On one side, the founder of Massachusetts Parents United, a grassroots non-profit advocacy group intent on fighting for high quality education for our undervalued students . . . her words professional and an acknowledgement of the needs of children throughout her message. On the other, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, a $48 million political machine handing out hundreds…