Author: Keri Rodrigues

Keeping Our Promises

This summer has been tough. After a two and a half year battle with stomach and brain cancer, my former husband, Jerry Lorenzo, died on July 23rd. Jerry left behind three heartbroken little boys, a gigantic mountain of paperwork and a million questions with very few answers. Jerry was only 41-years-old when he died and was the beloved best buddy…

Moms Like Me Need You to Keep Fighting for Quality Educational Options for Our Kids

I recently had a chance to lead a rally at the National Charter Schools Conference (NCSC) alongside other keynote speakers Howard Fuller, an icon of social justice activism, and Myrna Castrejón, who’s leading the fight to protect educational access in California. Below is my address to the educational leaders and activists who were in attendance, in full: My name is…

This Year’s Shenanigans at the MTA Annual Meeting

Imagine you’re a teacher in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Every month around $800 leaves your check and goes directly to the teachers union. But you literally have no say about how that money is used — or even about who gets to decide how the money is used. It’s all left to an exclusive group of people who you likely…

Gracie’s Fight

(A Medford mom and champion for equity and inclusion, Melanie has fought against the system for the rights of her daughter. Today she talks about her heartbreaking decision to move Grace to a more restrictive setting because of the inability of the public school system to accommodate her needs. With a masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education…

Massachusetts Parents United – Boston Unified Statement on the Boston Public Schools Superintendent Finalists

“We are thrilled that the committee has selected three candidates of color to lead the Boston Public Schools. Now comes the tough part. Running the Boston Public Schools should not be a training ground for new superintendents. It’s concerning that we are not able to attract a seasoned superintendent with a track record of success in running another large urban…

The Last Gasps of Desperation on Alma del Mar

Here we go: NEW BEDFORD — The City Council did not come to an agreement Thursday night about special legislation for the proposed second campus of Alma del Mar Charter School. The special legislation would establish an agreement among the city, Alma, and the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education to create a neighborhood-based charter school. Current state law only…

MCAS Question Controversy: Unions Attempt to Play Politics with Kids for Their Own Benefit, AGAIN

“What kind of idiot would have students imagine the rationalizations of a racist coward who shrinks from moral responsibility?” Colson Whitehead, Author of “Underground Railroad” Apparently, all kinds of idiots. From the Boston Globe — news of a racist-as-hell question appearing on the exam asking students to write an essay from the perspective of a racist: “When 10th-graders sat down…