Month: May 2017

The MTA Petty Party Continues

This weekend the Massachusetts Teachers Association held it’s annual meeting of delegates. During this meeting they voted on a resolution that was presented by two retired MTA teachers from Cambridge and Belmont seeking to recognize Sydney Chaffee — the Codman Academy teacher who has been honored as the National Teacher of the Year for 2017. The motion went down in…

$34 Million Dollars … For Nothing

Today was the surprisingly underwhelming "Rally For Public Education" on the Boston Common. And from the looks of the turnout, the MTA and BTU better hope the Friedrich’s case is not resurrected any time soon — because even though it was held in conjunction with a statewide MTA conference that drew thousands from across the state to talk union business,…

For My Fellow Bloggers: EduDrama

(This is an open letter to my fellow bloggers who are standing tall and brave and doing the hard work of speaking up against powerful and intimidating forces to fight to inject some sanity into the conversation about education.) Think being a mouthy education advocate is all bright lights and glamour? THINK AGAIN!  There are also the love letters. Meet…

Justice for Who?

Another day, another report outlining how black and latino kids are getting screwed by our education system in the Commonwealth. While the Boston papers are writing glowing tributes to the next President of the Boston Teachers Union and the heart-wrenching search for the next headmaster of the exam school that educates mostly the white elite in the city of Boston, the real news…

Hey Mama — Bring the Kids

I adore Erika Graham Sanzi. She is a wonderful mother, has an incredible brain, and is literally one of my favorite human beings. Having her friendship in my life makes me a better mom, a stronger advocate and a happier person — knowing I’m not alone in this crazy world of education advocacy and being a mom to three boys…

Whose Side Are You On?

The Commonwealth’s anti-kid Union bosses are up on Beacon Hill whining this week — this time in support of a bill filed by State Representative Majorie Decker that would allow unions to force schools to keep ineffective teachers in place after they have driven a school so far into the ground that the state is forced to take it over: Teachers…

BLS: Boston’s Pride? Or Boston’s Shame?

Surprise! The majority of kids who get into Boston Latin are white! Everyone is just gobsmacked by this revelation? The report, released by The Lawyers’ Committee for Civil Rights and Economic Justice, Mass ACLU, Boston NAACP, Black Educators Alliance of Massachusetts and Mass Advocates for Children, found there’s a wide disparity in exam school admission rates by neighborhood and race. (Where…

Let’s Make A Plan, Stan!

Just got through with another delightful appearance with my friend and political antagonist Barry Richard on 1420AM WBSM this afternoon talking about the James Comey debacle as well as Senate President Stan Rosenberg’s comments as the keynote for yesterday afternoon’s Education Party at the Omni Parker House. I’m so proud to be a member of the Democrats for Education Reform Advisory…