Month: October 2018

Nearly 80% of Springfield 8th Graders are Failing Math and English, But Superintendent Says the Schools are Better than Ever!

The fastest way to recovery is first, to admit you have a problem. Massachusetts Parents United has been highlighting the growing educational inequality in our schools throughout Massachusetts. We are part of several coalitions who have revealed two important data points about MA education. Educational equity is our jam. Here’s the problem (expect to see these facts repeated over and…

The BTU Asks Members What they Want in the Next Superintendent – Closing the Achievement Gap and Improving Student Outcomes Not on the List

The Boston Teachers Union put out this email to their membership today asking for input on the upcoming search for the next Superintendent.     So what are the issues the Boston Teachers Union feel would be most important? The following ARE NOT present on the survey: Demonstrated track record of improving student learning and outcomes Ability to close achievement…

Big Labor in MA Endorses MORE Republicans While Clutching Their Pearls About Dem Loyalty

More whining — today in the Boston Herald — from the state’s powerful labor unions about a lack of loyalty that they expect from Democratic consulting firm “Dewey Square Group” because they have the audacity to represent the “No on 1” campaign against setting nursing staffing ratios in Massachusetts. “It’s not just that they’re working for them, it’s the tactics…

We Are Lawrence Strong

On September 14, 2018, the unthinkable happened in Lawrence, MA when the pressure in the natural gas lines reached a breaking point and exploded. Luckily, most will never have to experience the terror that gripped South Lawrence (as well as Andover and N. Andover) families as they frantically evacuated their neighborhoods as houses exploded and caught fire. After all was…

The Opioid Crisis: We Must Do More

It’s a cold day in Boston and soon our faces will be visited by the sweet sting of arctic air. However, not all among us will be able to seek refuge from it, particularly the homeless, many of whom have been struck down by opioid addiction. The opioid crisis is real and it is here in our communities. For those…

Midterms 2018: Going Beyond the Ballot

Democracy isn’t a spectator sport, so why does it sometimes feel like it? Many diverse communities across the commonwealth remain politically disengaged. Often, there is so much going on in life that the easiest (and sometimes sanest) thing to do is to focus on things inside your “circle of influence” and not focus on “complex political issues.”  I get it,…

Child Separation: What is Happening Now?

Back in June, school was getting out and the beginning of summer was upon us. Here in Massachusetts, many kids were excited, ready for the warm weather and summer activities. Unbeknownst to many of our young ones, at the very same time, other people’s children and their families were escaping their countries to seek asylum in the United States. Latin…

Education Edna: EXPECT US

Last night Massachusetts Parents United Deputy Director of Organizing Ed Shoemaker and I attended the book release party for the Pioneer Institute’s new book about the history of charter schools in Massachusetts. We got to know Ed a few weeks ago — he is a father passionate about education, poverty and breaking the school to prison pipeline. At the end…