Category: Blog

The Clap Back

One of the surest signs that you know that you are winning is when folks start to attack you personally, then they attack your organization, then they attack your funders, they get their facts wrong and when they are really desperate they try and link you to one of most unpopular persons in America — the current Secretary of Education.…

These Articles Aren’t Going to Read Themselves!

Lots of reading to catch up on during a snowy day in Massachusetts — here’s your reading list: As this blog already pointed out both here and via Twitter, last week’s Boston Globe disaster attempt at a charter school hit piece was completely off the mark. Check out the response from State Representative Alice Peisch, a chair of the Joint…

Not A Charter Mom

Sad. Angry. Helpless. Heartbroken. Pissed off. Confused. Scared. Frustrated. Infuriated. Bitter. Fired up.   So many tears last night, for our family and thousands of other families across Massachusetts. We have again been denied seats in the school of our choice because of an arbitrary cap on charter schools in several communities that desperately want them. We will not be…

The day has come, but we are still here. And we are still standing strong together.

Today is March 5, six months to the day when U.S. Attorney General, Jeff Sessions announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program.  Today was the day the Obama Administration’s program to protect young undocumented immigrants from deportation was set to end. In the past five years, nearly 800,000 young people had benefited from DACA, through…

PARENT VOICES: Charter School Lottery Time …

By Kim Rivera, Massachusetts Parents United   This week marks a critical time for parents in Springfield and across the state of Massachusetts who are considering enrolling their children into a different school for next year: the application period and blind lottery selection process for many public charter schools. You’ll hear a lot of different opinions on charter schools depending…

Por favor, No Maten a Mis Hijos

Las aulas llenas de niños están siendo ejecutados diariamente en escuelas de todo Estados Unidos y no, nos importa. Yo sé que esa oración te está haciendo sentir realmente incómodo en este momento, pero ¿no es tiempo ya de ser honestos? Claro, sientes que es increíblemente injusto y cruel- pero ¿sabes qué más es injusto y cruel? Niños asesinados a…

Worthless to Who?

Last week I read Jack Schneider’s problematic piece in Commonwealth Magazine — another ode to the death of testing. (Jack, by the way, is the co-host of union-funded EduShyster’s podcast and is the director of the union-backed Massachusetts Consortium for Innovative Education Assessment.) Schneider writes books from a perspective we would expect — one from a person who thinks the…