Month: January 2018

MPU VOICES: Kim Rivera on the next DESE Commissioner

TO THE MASSACHUSETTS BOARD OF EDUCATION: My name is Kim Rivera and I am a single Latina mother.  I’m proud to say I have three graduates from the Springfield Public Schools. If you are familiar with the challenges in Springfield, you know that there are many underperforming schools and too many of our children are not getting the education they…

MPU Members Submit Questions for Next DESE Commissioner

Massachusetts Parents United has been offered the opportunity to contribute questions to the Board of Education to be used during the interview hearing for the next Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. After engaging parents, education leaders and communities allies across the Commonwealth, MPU has submitted the following questions: Although Massachusetts is home to the top public education…

Our Next Commissioner

Massachusetts Parents United has been asked to submit questions and attend the interview hearing to select the next Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and we’re excited that parents have been invited to be an active part of the process. And despite some attempts to make the process into a political circus, we’re taking it seriously. This…

3 Finalists Named to Be the Baystate’s Next Ed Commish

The field has been narrowed to three in the search for the next Massachusetts Education Commissioner with the only male finalist hailing from bay-state and two women who would be coming in from outside the state. Interestingly, all three are alumni of Teach for America, a national nonprofit that puts recent high achieving college graduates into urban and rural classrooms.…

GUEST POST: Our Wish List for the Next DESE Commissioner

(Kerry Akashian is the Editor-in-Chief at MassEdWatch.org, a former educator in the Lowell Public Schools and Urban Literacy Coordinator for the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. Born and raised in Lowell, Kerry holds a Ph.D. from Lesley University and most importantly, is the mother of a feisty 6-year old who attends the Boston Public Schools.) Former Commissioner Mitchell…