Author: Keri Rodrigues

It’s About Family: MPU to Open Regional Welcome Center

With nearly 300,000 Americans with direct connection to the island, Massachusetts is home to one of the largest Puerto Rican communities in America.  Massachusetts Parents United is an organization with our roots proudly planted firmly in the Latino community. And with powerful chapters in East Boston, Lawrence, Lowell and Springfield — frankly, our members are Puerto Rican. Somos boricuas. Just…

THIS IS NOT A DRILL

 (I swear this is not the Drudge Report, but I really need your attention. Kids need our help.) The city of Holyoke, Massachusetts is in the midst of a decades-long education crisis. After years of negligence and neglect on the part of local officials, the situation has gotten so bad the the entire system in now under state receivership. This…

Our Hearts Cry for Puerto Rico

Watching the devastation in Puerto Rico and the on-going struggle to make contact with friends and family members in the wake of the biggest catastrophe in modern history has been brutal. Sleepless nights, frantic attempts at phone calls, texts and facebook messages have left some determined to hop on the first plane available to get on the ground to do…

Don’t Give Up the Ship

The last week has been complete and utter crap. But last night? The worst. My nine year old son Matthew, my fire and inspiration for fighting to build parent voice in education has been having difficulty transitioning back to school as a kid with ADHD. Compound that with a growth spurt, medication changes and new kids in his class, (I…

EduMom Goes to Beacon Hill

This morning I started the day with love in my heart and a hunger for justice.  (I even took at selfie.) I dropped the kids off for their first day of school and then hopped on the T to make my way to the Massachusetts State House to testify in favor of H 2025 – A bill that would require…

Stockholm syndrome? No, thanks.

Tonight is a special night in our house. It’s the night before my middle child, Miles, starts kindergarten. As I shared earlier this year, I had to make the decision to send him to Saint Catherine’s of Genoa instead of our district placement because the school where he was assigned simply can’t get the job done when it comes to…

Convención MPU 2017 Recapitulación

Algunos dijeron que no se podía hacer. Pero este fin de semana lo hicimos – aquí mismo en Massachusetts. Cientos de padres se unieron para luchar para poner a sus hijos primero. Para barrios más seguros. Vivienda accesible. Y el acceso equitativo a la educación de alta calidad para cada niño en toda la Commonwealth. Los padres líderes de Massachusetts…

Good School Hunting Nails It …

Just swinging by quickly to give some props to my dear friend Erika Sanzi from Good School Hunting who has a killer blog today — taking a well-deserved victory lap for surviving the summer with three boys. I did it. I made it to the end of summer as a mom of three boys who works from home.  Though the…

MPU Convention 2017 Recap

Some said it couldn’t be done. But this weekend we did it — right here in Massachusetts. Hundreds of parents coming together to fight to put their children first. For safer neighborhoods. Affordable housing. And equitable access to high quality education for every child across the Commonwealth. The parent leaders of Massachusetts Parents United convened at the East Boston Social Center…