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Pondiscio Raises Important and Fair Questions

I’m on a bit of an island this week. While many reformers pile on to Robert Pondiscio for his piece (some have even called it an attack) about conservatives becoming less welcome in the education reform space, I actually think he raises questions that we would all be wise to consider: Do issues of race… Continue reading Pondiscio Raises Important and Fair Questions

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Kids’ Playground Destroyed in Boston by Arson; Let’s Help Them Rebuild

“Some people burned our playground.” Those are the almost unfathomable words uttered by a first grader at Sumner Elementary School in Roslindale, a primarily residential neighborhood in Boston.  Just as the weather turns to perfect for recess and weekend visits to go down the slide, their playground is now, literally, a pile of ashes. And… Continue reading Kids’ Playground Destroyed in Boston by Arson; Let’s Help Them Rebuild

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Massachusetts Fairy Tale Tempered by Hard Truths

We all hold up Massachusetts as the gold standard in K-12 education and in many ways, it is. (I even wrote a blog entitled, “Be Like Mass.”) The state where public education got its start tops the rankings year after year and was a pioneer in reform long before most other states shook off the cobwebs and… Continue reading Massachusetts Fairy Tale Tempered by Hard Truths

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Randi and Lily: This was supposed to be our moment but alas, looks like #ImwithHim (no, not Trump. John King!)

I was excited. This was going to be it.  I was finally going to proudly stand with Randi Weingarten of the American Federation of Teachers and Lily Eskelson Garcia of the National Education Association in the fight for equity. We were finally going to find ourselves standing firmly, together, on that ever so elusive surface… Continue reading Randi and Lily: This was supposed to be our moment but alas, looks like #ImwithHim (no, not Trump. John King!)

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Time For Diane Ravitch to Find a New Obsession (again!)

Update as of May 19, 2016: Diane Ravitch  took yet another swing at Campbell Brown this week, referring to her as a “telegenic cover-girl.” Executive Director of Education Post, Peter Cunningham, responds to the latest round of attacks here. This piece below originally ran at Huffington Post on April 5th of this year. To read that… Continue reading Time For Diane Ravitch to Find a New Obsession (again!)

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Madeloni Win Is Not a Win for Students

Barbara Madeloni, described as “fiery” by a Commonwealth Magazine piece headline, has won the re-election as president of the Massachusetts Teachers Association and that is just not a good thing for kids. A quick skim of past and recent comments by Madeloni leave little hope that compromise, collaboration, or common ground will play any significant role in her continued… Continue reading Madeloni Win Is Not a Win for Students

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Fool Me Once Shame On You, Fool Me Twice Shame on Me

When it comes to student walkouts in Boston, it’s easy to write the script before it happens and so, on this eve of Student Walkout 2.0, it might be fun to save those in the media some time and lay out in advance how it’s all gonna go.  The “Grassroots” playbook, in all its glory,… Continue reading Fool Me Once Shame On You, Fool Me Twice Shame on Me

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Former Hasbro CEO calls it Insanity to Block the Expansion of Charter Schools in Rhode Island

Alan G. Hassenfeld, former chairman and chief executive officer of Hasbro Toys, is chairman of Hassenfeld Family Initiatives has come out publicly in the Providence Journal on the side of Rhode Island’s charter schools, condemning anti-charter bills before the legislature and praising Governor Raimondo for her promise to veto them if they reach her desk.… Continue reading Former Hasbro CEO calls it Insanity to Block the Expansion of Charter Schools in Rhode Island

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Book Fair, Stop Selling All That Crap

It’s Book Fair Season and that should be a good thing but for those of us whose kids immediately do a beeline for the “non book” items, it’s not nearly as pleasant as it used to be.   In fact, the fair just might need to change its name to “Books and random crap Fair.”… Continue reading Book Fair, Stop Selling All That Crap

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Hollywood, We Need You To Make Spotlight 2 and Expose the Sexual Abuse in our Schools

The film “Spotlight” deservingly took home the top Oscar this year for its portrayal of the Boston Globe’s hugely consequential investigation into cases of widespread and systemic child sex abuse in the Boston area by numerous Roman Catholic priests. The story was published in 2002, and the investigations into clergy sex abuse mushroomed around the world. Fast… Continue reading Hollywood, We Need You To Make Spotlight 2 and Expose the Sexual Abuse in our Schools