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The Best Damn Parents the Union Can Find

EduMom serves on a lot of boards. Massachusetts Parents United now represents over 7,500 parents (7,520 as of this weekend to be exact, for those keeping track at home) so I’m asked to come out and talk about what our members are thinking. I spend a lot of time traveling across the state not so much TALKING to parents, but…

Thoughts on Charlottesville

My heart is hurting. I’ve been sitting here trying to write another piece for EduMom — and there is plenty to write about on a myriad of different education policy topics as we head toward the next school year. But honestly, after this weekend — I’m just not feeling it. The events in Charlottesville, Virginia has caught the attention of the nation and…

Fun with Salaries: UNION EDITION

Since we’ve all had some good fun talking about how much charter school leaders make in Massachusetts, it got me curious about some other folks making some BIG BUCKS in education — and they don’t even set foot in a school. To start off, I’m using the term "in education" very loosely. The Massachusetts Teachers Union is in business to advocate…

Parents: Reclaiming Our Time

Last week Congresswoman Maxine Waters (D- California) made headlines once again for demanding answers from the Trump administration — and Auntie Maxine would not be deterred. "Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming my time. Reclaiming…

Give Jon Clark a Raise

Yesterday the Boston Globe wrote an attempt at a "gotcha-piece" about the salaries of Boston Charter School leaders — and of course the anti-charter crowd, eager for some red meat attempted to use this as some kind of evidence of … I’m not even sure what exactly. Interestingly enough, there hasn’t been a piece in the Boston Globe about the…

All the "Justice" Money Can Buy …

July was quite a month for EduMom. We took a brief hiatus following not one, but FOUR deaths in my family one right after another. It’s definitely been quite a journey — and my family has been so appreciative of all the kind words and positive thoughts we’ve had sent our way. We’re grateful. (One of the remembrances in memory…

The Dogs Are Barking and We Gallop Forward

(This piece was originally posted on the Massachusetts Parents United website.) At the end of the 19th Century, the famous Nicaraguan writer, poet and journalist Rubén Darío wrote, “si los perros ladran, Sancho, es señal que cabalgamos,” which translates to, “If dogs are barking, Sancho, it’s a sign that we are galloping forward.” He wrote it because he was discriminated…

Massachusetts Parents United – On the Move

I often describe Massachusetts Parents United as the "charter school" of parent advocacy organizations. Yes, we do things a little differently. We might be a little unconventional and think outside the box. But we get real results and MPU works.  MPU is a union of parents and over the past year thousands of parents have joined — 6,687 in fact. 2,210…

The Half Day Grind

Half days. The bain of most parents existence. And the month of June is FILLED with them. And always the last week of school. Erika Sanzi, my partner in crime on the Planet Mom Radio podcast have actually talked about this many times. Our children only get 180 days per year in the classroom. (And boy, do they do their…

Mitchell Chester, 65

Mitchell Chester, the state commissioner of elementary and secondary education who had been quietly battling cancer has died at the age of 65 — stunning many in the world of education, especially here in Massachusetts. Sending love and condolences to the many who worked closely with him throughout the years.  I had the good fortune of working with Commissioner Chester on several issues…