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Out of Bounds: The MTA should NOT be pushing parents to #optout

It is one thing for teachers and union leaders to disapprove of annual testing and to discuss it with friends, family, and colleagues when they are not in front of students and parents. I’d imagine that a Pediatrician practice would expect the same if it employed nurses, receptionists, or med techs who opposed the vaccinating… Continue reading Out of Bounds: The MTA should NOT be pushing parents to #optout

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Randi Weingarten Has Some Nerve Challenging TFA’s Record on Race

It takes a lot of nerve for the head of a huge teaching organization known to have an overwhelmingly white membership to play the diversity card against another teaching organization that has 50 percent teachers of color, yet in the crazy world of education politics, it happened. No one these days seems immune to capitalizing… Continue reading Randi Weingarten Has Some Nerve Challenging TFA’s Record on Race

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Union Calls On Teachers To Opt Out

Asked to take a DESE survey on #maedu frameworks, ed eval, etc.? MTA urges you to opt out. https://t.co/7Bm1Ks4ZYS #edchatma — Mass Teachers Assn (@massteacher) March 14, 2016 The Massachusetts Teachers’ Association is very much in favor of “teacher voice;” apparently, this is only true when they get to ask the questions.    Seems that… Continue reading Union Calls On Teachers To Opt Out

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If Only 4th Graders Could Walk Out of School To Have Their Voices Heard

Superintendent Tommy Chang (left) and Mayor Marty Walsh (right). (Photo by Boston Herald) A week ago today, 3,500 high school students walked out of the Boston Public Schools to protest looming budget cuts and by week’s end, the Mayor and Superintendent had made the joint decision to restore all proposed cuts to Boston’s high schools.… Continue reading If Only 4th Graders Could Walk Out of School To Have Their Voices Heard

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Let’s Not Pretend The BPS Walk Out Wasn’t Driven By Adults

Students and Organizers on Boston Common Almost everyone can get behind a student protest that unfolds organically and highlights what true student activism can achieve. But when approximately 3,500 students walked out of Boston Public Schools and headed to Boston Common to protest the school budget and the lifting of the charter cap, it was… Continue reading Let’s Not Pretend The BPS Walk Out Wasn’t Driven By Adults

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Hillary: Tell the Truth Despite Those Endorsements

There are moments in political debates that astonish us and this year has been no exception. While the GOP has been essentially hijacked by a remarkably juvenile and obnoxious frontrunner in Donald J Trump, the Democrats have succeeded in engaging in real debates and disagreements over past votes, current policies, and their visions for the… Continue reading Hillary: Tell the Truth Despite Those Endorsements