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Keep Your Politics Out of Back-to-School-Night (and in your “private office”)

‘Tis the season of back to school nights and open houses for parents. And that means it’s also the season for the pushing of political agendas at totally inappropriate times in an effort to get unwitting parents to buy what the local teachers’ union is selling. But it is wrong to urge parents to be… Continue reading Keep Your Politics Out of Back-to-School-Night (and in your “private office”)

Massachusetts · School Talk

Somerville Welcomes New XQ Super School: Powderhouse Studios

This piece originally ran at Education Post here.  A big congratulations is in order for the city of Somerville, Massachusetts who recently learned they will be the home of an XQ Super School that has a unique vision for turning the traditional high school model right on its head. The school will be called Powderhouse… Continue reading Somerville Welcomes New XQ Super School: Powderhouse Studios

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Propaganda and Politics on the First Day of School

When I think of being ready for day one of a school year, tables of political buttons and campaign propaganda isn’t the first thing that comes to mind. But in Newton, Massachusetts this year, that’s what returning teachers found in their midst as they reunited after the summer. And there is something very wrong with… Continue reading Propaganda and Politics on the First Day of School

Massachusetts · Rhode Island

No Monolith Here, John

‘Tis the season for annual testing results and in my state of Rhode Island, that means we are hearing about how we did on PARCC. There is some good news in terms of the direction we are moving, mostly bad news about where we actually are, and a real life example of why charter schools… Continue reading No Monolith Here, John

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Holy Charter-Cap-Question Twitter Rant by Columbia Professor!

Sarah Cohodes blasted out 37 tweets about Massachusetts’ Question 2—about charter schools—on the November ballot. Check it out.

Massachusetts · School Talk

Former Elected Official Way Off Base When She Claims Massachusetts Charters Serve “Barely Any” Special needs or ELL students

The casual and constant misrepresentation of facts by former Worcester school committee member Tracy Novick  is wrong at its core because it seeks to erase the very real stories of students and families for whom school choice has been a life-line. Children with autism, processing disorders, behavioral disorders, and dyslexia are served every single day… Continue reading Former Elected Official Way Off Base When She Claims Massachusetts Charters Serve “Barely Any” Special needs or ELL students

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These Teachers are Proud and Happy to Block Low Income Families From Accessing Schools Like Theirs

It is hard to look at photos splashed all over social media with mostly white teachers who work in the suburbs, smiling, while they protest ensuring that more disadvantaged children get the education that they deserve–the education that these teachers would most assuredly demand for their own children.   “But giving parents in underperforming districts… Continue reading These Teachers are Proud and Happy to Block Low Income Families From Accessing Schools Like Theirs

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Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo: Charter Schools are Progressive  

“Charter schools? Democrats don’t support those.” It was a small group of anti-charter organizers who were saying it — and in truth, that was one of the more polite ways it was expressed. But that’s the kind of comment I heard at the recent Democratic State Convention. And to me, it was surprising.  After all,… Continue reading Keri Rodriguez Lorenzo: Charter Schools are Progressive  

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Kipp Academy Embraced my Son and his Autism

I have four children and as with all children, their needs are not the same. They need different things at home and the same is true in school.  As a charter mom of a child with autism, it is very upsetting to hear the local media and others repeatedly make the false claim that charter… Continue reading Kipp Academy Embraced my Son and his Autism

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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