Author: Keri Rodrigues

About Last Night: MPU and Teens for Action Demand Action for Safer Schools

Last night, Massachusetts Parents United (MPU) and Teens for Action (TFA) made history — with a standing-room-only town hall event bringing together parents and students — community members and elected officials to address the issues of safety in our schools and gun violence in our communities. The event was moderated by TFA’s co-chair, Trevaughn Smith of TFA who attends Sabis…

Ignoring Data is the Problem

Data is important. Too often the when discussing education, we have allowed for data to become to enemy of progress, when our future is dependent on seeing the problems, testing solutions and using innovation to make our educational system stronger. Recently an MPU parent brought up an amazing example of why data is so important to her: it’s very similar…

Boston City Council: Priorities People

Today, the Boston City Council voted unanimously in favor of Docket 0592 — a resolution supporting the effort of charter school educators and staff to exercise their right to collective bargaining and the formation of unions. (Watch the video on YouTube here. — begins at [1:10] in) Why? I’d guess some good old fashioned political posturing right before the BTU…

Mass Nails NAEP, But More Work to Do

EXTRA EXTRA — READ ALL ABOUT IT: Once again, Massachusetts leads the nation on the National Assessment of Educational Progress (NAEP) tests — reports released today show that the Commonwealth leads the nation on math and reading for eighth graders. Let’s all celebrate the good news, right? From the Boston Globe: “I am pleased to see our students, teachers and…

Get Comfortable With Being Uncomfortable

If you haven’t had a chance to read it, stop everything and read the piece published today by Junot Díaz, “The Legacy of Childhood Trauma” in the New Yorker. As a survivor myself, I was absolutely stunned by this powerful reflection on his own personal story and the raw truth it revealed: The kid before—hard to remember. Trauma is a…

MPU Voices: What Makes a Good Mother?

By: Kim Rivera MPU Springfield Hey friends- I’m going to share a secret with you: I have magic powers! I normally use them to help people in my community because it’s rewarding and fun. But every so often I want to have a different kind of fun, so today I’m going to use my mystical powers and my trusty magic ball…

The Clap Back

One of the surest signs that you know that you are winning is when folks start to attack you personally, then they attack your organization, then they attack your funders, they get their facts wrong and when they are really desperate they try and link you to one of most unpopular persons in America — the current Secretary of Education.…

These Articles Aren’t Going to Read Themselves!

Lots of reading to catch up on during a snowy day in Massachusetts — here’s your reading list: As this blog already pointed out both here and via Twitter, last week’s Boston Globe disaster attempt at a charter school hit piece was completely off the mark. Check out the response from State Representative Alice Peisch, a chair of the Joint…

Not A Charter Mom

Sad. Angry. Helpless. Heartbroken. Pissed off. Confused. Scared. Frustrated. Infuriated. Bitter. Fired up.   So many tears last night, for our family and thousands of other families across Massachusetts. We have again been denied seats in the school of our choice because of an arbitrary cap on charter schools in several communities that desperately want them. We will not be…