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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.

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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

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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