Author: Keri Rodrigues

Trust Parents

Why don’t we trust parents? Why are we so scary? You know you need us. We’re ready to do the work. But for some reason, we trust everyone BUT parents when it comes to advocating for children and families. Take for instance — this week where we learned where former Boston Mayoral candidate Tito Jackson will end up: He has…

All of Our Eggs in One Basket

So now that the dust has settled and we know that Lawrence Superintendent Receiver Jeff Riley will be the next Commissioner of Elementary and Secondary Education in Massachusetts. I’ve given my statement regarding the board’s decision not to pick Angelica, now for some observations: First off, the candidate pool: Is the really the best group of candidates we could come…

MPU VOICES: Kim Rivera on the next DESE Commissioner

TO THE MASSACHUSETTS BOARD OF EDUCATION: My name is Kim Rivera and I am a single Latina mother.  I’m proud to say I have three graduates from the Springfield Public Schools. If you are familiar with the challenges in Springfield, you know that there are many underperforming schools and too many of our children are not getting the education they…

MPU Members Submit Questions for Next DESE Commissioner

Massachusetts Parents United has been offered the opportunity to contribute questions to the Board of Education to be used during the interview hearing for the next Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. After engaging parents, education leaders and communities allies across the Commonwealth, MPU has submitted the following questions: Although Massachusetts is home to the top public education…

Our Next Commissioner

Massachusetts Parents United has been asked to submit questions and attend the interview hearing to select the next Commissioner of the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education and we’re excited that parents have been invited to be an active part of the process. And despite some attempts to make the process into a political circus, we’re taking it seriously. This…