Author: Keri Rodrigues

DFER Speaks Truth to Power

ICYMI: Liam Kerr nails it — calling out the BTU for their smoke and mirrors attempt to defend paying teachers who don’t teach over $100k a year — by trying to tie Democrats for Education Reform to Donald Trump. With a thorny issue like the excess pool, a politician is better off pointing to Trump than proposing a solution. The…

Don’t Talk About It, Be About It

  Massachusetts Parents United is an action oriented organization. We’re not trying to sit around and just think deep thoughts about building safer neighborhoods, securing affordable housing and ensuring every kid has access to the high quality education they deserve while wishing it would all just go away — there are plenty of folks who have done all that. We…

Use Your Brain

Here’s what the Springfield Public Schools is using to do outreach to incoming Puerto Rican families joining the community: Notice any problem here? Under registration requirements lists as requirements: Immunization records Birth certificate Legal guardianship paperwork Prior school records School transfer Academic transcript/most recent report card Discipline records Special ed/IEP records Attendance records “If you have some or any of…

News You Can Use

Here’s a couple of things we’re following this week: In this week’s edition of “How the Department of Education Turns – Massachusetts Edition”, The American Federation of Teachers quits the Leading the Nation Education Celebration Steering Committee with the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education with all the drama and flare you can imagine. Telling the group that there’s nothing…

Save It, Randi

This afternoon I was scrolling through Facebook and came across a couple of postings by AFT President Randi Weingarten regarding the Trump administration’s absolute failure in responding to Hurricane Maria and how we can help the families who are still struggling a month after. And she is fired up enough to be pushing a union-led effort to get more water…

MPU Statement on MCAS Results

STATEMENT FROM MASSACHUSETTS PARENTS UNITED ON THE RELEASE OF THE STATEWIDE MCAS RESULTS “Today’s release of the statewide MCAS results may come as a surprise to some, but not to parents across the Commonwealth — especially families of color who attend many of the urban and gateway cities schools across the state. These results are a powerful battle cry that…

Guest Blog: You Were Wrong

(Pastor Benjamin Echevarria, a Boston Foundation fellow, is the Executive Director of the Welcome Project and also serves as the co-chair of the The Tisch College Community Research Center at Tufts University. He is the Ward 1 chair of the Somerville Democrats and serves as the Chair of Political Education for the Latino Caucus of the Massachusetts Democratic Party.) As the executive…

See No Evil, Hear No Evil

October 17th we will see the release of the full report on how kids in Massachusetts did on MCAS 2.0 — and all hell is breaking loose already following an initial release of base information last week. One in two Massachusetts elementary and middle school students who took the controversial “next generation MCAS” test failed to meet expectations, according to an…