Month: September 2018

BOSTON GLOBE EDITORIAL: Taking Massachusetts education reform to the next level

From the Sunday edition of the Boston Globe.  TWENTY-FIVE YEARS — and billions of taxpayers dollars — after the passage of a landmark education reform act, Massachusetts public schools have made enormous progress. But not all have shared equally in that progress. It’s now time for Ed Reform II. The state needs a plan that provides not just additional money…

New Bedford’s Education MESS: We Didn’t Choose This Fight, BUT WE ARE HERE FOR IT.

The New Bedford Public Schools is the 4th most underperforming district in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. As of FY18, only three other public school districts in MA had lower academic performance than NBPS. Two of those districts are currently under state receivership for poor academic performance. I’m not saying this to hurt your feelings, New Bedford. But it’s time we…

MPU Parent Voices: Back to School

By Rodolfo Aguilar Kids and families are settling back into their routines as summer winds down and we start the new school year. While some parents are super excited for their kids as they attend the school of their choice, other parents might be nervous, frustrated and or even angry. My niece was attending 6th grade at Haley School in…

A Front Row Seat to History

This has been an emotional week in our house. Election Day is always a big event for us. As an at-large member of the Democratic State Committee, politics and civic engagement is a way of life for us and these boys have had a front row seat to campaigns from the very beginning. Literally. (Me and Miles with Governor Patrick,…

New Bedford: Do the math. If you can … ?

Last week we discussed the new Dearborn STEM Academy — a new $73 million dollar facility that is Boston Public Schools new best hope for turning around the chronically underperforming school before the state is forced to take it over for consistently failing kids. But the Dearborn is no anomaly. Let’s take a trip down to the SouthCoast — where…