Month: November 2017

Extra! Extra! Read all about it …

There’s a new education news publication in town. Schoolyard News! Billing itself as a “independent parent-run news site for BPS families” the site is actually run by editor Alain Jehlen! Alain is not independent, not a BPS parent — and frankly, doesn’t even live in Boston. But guess what? SURPRISE! He *is* a former staffer for the National Educators Association!…

Real Talk About Parent Advocacy

It’s been said that the definition of insanity is doing the same thing over and over again and expecting a different result. Sometimes I feel like parent advocacy in education is the world’s longest case study in the history of insanity. If you’re one of those folks who think parent advocacy is a cute little add on to your education…

01 An Introduction to Planet Mom Radio

Planet Mom Radio has finally launched and Erika and I are thrilled to be talking education and motherhood with Moms from anywhere and everywhere. (Dads, we hope you’ll tune in too!) In this inaugural episode of Planet Mom Radio, Erika and I discuss who we are and how this podcast came to be as well what our goals are for…

Let’s Talk About Dark Money!

If you decide to get into the education policy arena and have the audacity to challenge any position advanced by the teachers unions in power, chances are, you’re going to be accused of accepting evil “dark money.” From there, folks who can’t find a way to articulate a coherent argument against your education reform position will attempt to paint you…

DFER Speaks Truth to Power

ICYMI: Liam Kerr nails it — calling out the BTU for their smoke and mirrors attempt to defend paying teachers who don’t teach over $100k a year — by trying to tie Democrats for Education Reform to Donald Trump. With a thorny issue like the excess pool, a politician is better off pointing to Trump than proposing a solution. The…

Don’t Talk About It, Be About It

  Massachusetts Parents United is an action oriented organization. We’re not trying to sit around and just think deep thoughts about building safer neighborhoods, securing affordable housing and ensuring every kid has access to the high quality education they deserve while wishing it would all just go away — there are plenty of folks who have done all that. We…