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Rhode Island Lawmakers Still Asleep When it Comes to Protecting Students; MA Waking Up

Massachusetts and Rhode Island share a dirty little secret: neither has passed a law that makes it illegal for teachers to have sex with their students. I know. It’s pretty unbelievable. While consent laws theoretically protect all students under sixteen, there is a window of time during which students aren’t protected under the law —basically… Continue reading Rhode Island Lawmakers Still Asleep When it Comes to Protecting Students; MA Waking Up

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Don’t Get it Twisted, Professor

No one likes to read hit pieces that attack the work and the integrity of the people we care about and it is especially annoying when the attack dogs get their facts wrong and leave out important and relevant information. At the same time, however, these ad hominem pieces are a sign that something is… Continue reading Don’t Get it Twisted, Professor

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A District School and a Charter School Collaborate in Boston and It Works

As educators, we are constantly evolving. -Lyndsa McIntyre and Shannah Varón The Hechinger Report recently published a piece by two Boston school leaders, Lindsa McIntyre and Shannah Varón, in which they share the success of their collaboration. McIntyre is headmaster of the Jeremiah E. Burke High School in Dorchester and Varón is the executive director of… Continue reading A District School and a Charter School Collaborate in Boston and It Works

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Guest Post: A Letter from Beth

Beth Anderson is a lifelong Democrat voter, a mom, and the founder and CEO of Phoenix Charter Academy Network, which serves disengaged, off-track youth in urban communities across Massachusetts.  Friends, supporters, collaborators and believers – I am writing to you today a little differently – independently as a Democrat voter, a mom and an educator… Continue reading Guest Post: A Letter from Beth

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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

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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

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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

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Betrayal from Warren, Bold Leadership from Lynch

.@realDonaldTrump proved once again tonight: He’s a thin-skinned bully who doesn’t care about anyone but himself. #debatenight — Elizabeth Warren (@elizabethforma) September 27, 2016 Elizabeth Warren has some nerve composing this tweet on the very same day that she announced she would be voting against lifting the cap on charter schools this November in her… Continue reading Betrayal from Warren, Bold Leadership from Lynch

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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”)

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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