Massachusetts

Madeloni: Democracy Takes Time, Kids. You Poor Black and Brown Kids Are Just Going to Have to Wait

Massachusetts Teachers Association president Barbara Madeloni has her own convenient version of what a democracy is. And she believes that, in the name of democracy,  parents zoned to chronically under-performing schools just need to wait for better schools and she said exactly that on WBUR’s Radio Boston on October 19, 2015 in an interview with… Continue reading Madeloni: Democracy Takes Time, Kids. You Poor Black and Brown Kids Are Just Going to Have to Wait

Rhode Island

Gifted on the South Side and Finally Getting the Chance to Show It

If there is one thing that has haunted me over the years as an educator (now former) and as a mother, it is the disparity in expectations for students that glaringly breaks down around race and class. And Rhode Island is no exception. While students of means are often pushed to write thesis statements (and defend… Continue reading Gifted on the South Side and Finally Getting the Chance to Show It

Massachusetts

EduShyster Tries to Erase the Will of Massachusetts Parents of Color

Perhaps the most grotesque tactic on the #NoOn2 side is to deny how parents of color really feel about the issue of lifting the charter cap that will appear on the ballot. While polling has consistently shown strong support for Question 2 among non-white voters — and this holds true regarding school choice nationally —… Continue reading EduShyster Tries to Erase the Will of Massachusetts Parents of Color

Massachusetts · School Talk

MTA: ‘All Out’ for the Wrong Thing and Disappointing Its Members in the Process

It’s not surprising that many Massachusetts teachers were turned off when they saw the cover of the most recent MTA Today mailer that arrived in members’ mailboxes this week.  Nor is it surprising that most choose to share their frustration privately for fear of retribution or unwanted hassles from their hard core union colleagues.  And union… Continue reading MTA: ‘All Out’ for the Wrong Thing and Disappointing Its Members in the Process

Rhode Island · School Talk

Guest Post by Soledad Barreto: ‘A Tidal Wave of Need’ in Providence

In Providence, the need for English Language instruction is urgent and growing.  In 2015, Superintendent Chris Maher called the rapidly shifting demographics a “tidal wave of need” and the numbers have certainly proven his words to be true. The Providence Public School District serves approximately 24,000 students each year. Five years ago, 19 percent of those students… Continue reading Guest Post by Soledad Barreto: ‘A Tidal Wave of Need’ in Providence

School Talk

A Really Smart, Short, and Sweet Tweetstorm about Question 2 in Massachusetts

[View the story “”Kids Don’t Live in the Long Term. They Need Us to Deliver Now.”” on Storify]

School Talk

Guest Post: Diane Lets the Mask Slip

By Nat Morton Well, you try to be nice. I’ll need to amend, perhaps even withdraw, the kind words I said about Diane Ravitch at the beginning of my last blog entry. The conversation I described in that post continued on Diane’s blog and, quite frankly, she lost control and let the mask slip. In response to… Continue reading Guest Post: Diane Lets the Mask Slip