Month: June 2017

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…

Silver Hill: #ParentPower in ACTION

Last night the parents from Silver Hill were back at it again, and the members of Massachusetts Parents United came to Haverhill with a simple message: We’ve got your back. For a complete blow-by-blow — check the newspaper report here. The entire meeting can be viewed right here. (You should watch the whole thing, but EduMom speaks at around [47:40].) Unfortunately,…

Silver Hill: Taking the Bull by the Horns

Apparently all of Lisa Begley’s smug and gloating quotes in the local newspaper are not easing the fears of parents in Haverhill who are still reeling from the union’s decision to block the renewal of their level one in-district charter … JUST BECAUSE. EduMom has your back. And we have a message for our friends in Haverhill: EduMom and the parents are…

Begley for MTA Executive Board

As predicted, the Haverhill Teachers Association has voted to kill the Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School. HAVERHILL — Tensions between a group of parents and teachers at Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School and the Haverhill Education Association came to a head on Thursday when teachers across the district voted against allowing the school to apply for a renewal of its…

Silver Hill Update: Just Three Days Away

As folks know, we’re monitoring the brewing situation over the renewal of the Silver Hill Horace Mann Charter School in Haverhill very closely — watching to see whether elected officials and advocates will side with the wishes of parents and educators of Silver Hill in renewing this high successful school or succumb to pressure from the local teacher’s union and…

We Love You, Ms. Ferris

The EduMom is not anti-teacher. Nor are we anti-union. What we are is anti-stupid.  Unfortunately from a parent perspective, in our education system, a lot of stupid is happening. Our situation with Ms. Ferris is a perfect example. Miles Head Start/Pre-K teacher is a wonderful young lady named Jessica Ferris. Throughout the year Ms. Ferris has gone above and beyond in…

The Battle for Silver Hill

It’s official. The cheese has finally slipped off Barbara Madeloni’s cracker. Last week the Boston Globe wrote about the growing insanity of the Massachusetts Teachers Association — referencing their inability to demonstrate any class in recognizing the Massachusetts/National Teacher of the Year Sydney Chaffee — and also there was this: “There’s another problematic anti-charter development in the offing, this one involving…

#AmplifyLatinx

(Massachusetts Parents United se enorgullece de ser un patrocinador de #AmplifyLatinx y servir como parte del comité de dirección para este evento increíble!) La comunidad latina se ha convertido en la población de más rápido crecimiento en los últimos 25 años en los Estados Unidos. La presencia latina se encuentra en casi todas las ciudades y pueblos importantes de todo…

We’re Still Here

This morning I made the call. My five-year-old, Miles, is on the waitlist for a charter school. And according to the data from the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education, the district school he has been assigned to for kindergarten doesn’t work well for Latino little boys. So I picked up the phone this morning and called Saint Catherine’s of Genoa…