Author: Keri Rodrigues

Hey! These kids CAN learn! Maybe it’s your system and not “THESE PEOPLE”?

Hot off the presses – another new Boston Globe piece about Metco: Metco students outperforming those in BPS, charter schools The Harvard report showing that on two key indicators — graduating from high school and enrolling in college, the Metco program is outperforming BPS and charters: “The four-year graduation rate for students in the Metco program was about 30 percentage…

MassINC Says Local Accountability is the Way Forward: Here’s What It Looks Like.

This week MassINC release a report talking about the untapped strategy of local accountability to advance student achievement in Massachusetts Public Schools. Perhaps this is a strategy that is best left untapped. Here’s New Bedford School Committee Member John Oliveria at Monday’s school committee meeting: This school committee meeting is taking place at the Keith Middle school — one of…

The Twilight Zone Hits the New Bedford School Committee: EduMom Reports

Picture this … On one side, the founder of Massachusetts Parents United, a grassroots non-profit advocacy group intent on fighting for high quality education for our undervalued students . . . her words professional and an acknowledgement of the needs of children throughout her message. On the other, the Massachusetts Teachers Association, a $48 million political machine handing out hundreds…

ICYMI: EduMom in the 74: Blackface or No, Virginia Gov. Northam Has a History of Racist Views on Education. Unions and Democrats Supported Him Anyway

(For English, click the article — en espanol por favor, vea abajo.) La opinión de una madre:  Cara Negra (Blackface) o No, el gobernador de Virginia Ralph Northam tiene una historia de opiniones racistas sobre la educación. Los sindicatos y los demócratas lo apoyaron de todos modos. Es cómico observar las reacciones o, en algunos casos, la falta de ellas,…

MPU Parents in Springfield Went to Your Blank Check Meeting: We Weren’t Impressed

By Massachusetts Parents United – Springfield Chapter Massachusetts Parents United is proud to have created a statewide movement that prioritizes accountability of legislators concerning high quality education, safe neighborhoods, food security, and affordable housing. Our Springfield-focused initiatives are extremely exciting, and is supported by our work in the MPU Parent Welcome Center and our strong local parent organizers. In fact,…

Charter Schools Didn’t Change the World—Now Let’s Move Beyond That Tired Debate

By Andy Stern, Senior Advisor, Massachusetts Parents United and President Emeritus, SEIU A quarter century later, the verdict is in: Charter schools aren’t the panacea their proponents hoped. Now let’s lay down our arms and help the kids. The recent LA teachers strike, and the school board’s vote to recommend a moratorium on new charter schools, reignited the a long-standing…