Massachusetts

Losing Ground: School Segregation in Massachusetts

Publication Date: 
Thu, 2013-05-09
Author: 
Jennifer B. Ayscue and Alyssa Greenberg with John Juscera and Genevieve Siegel-Hawley
Organization: 
Civil Rights Project
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

While student enrollment in Massachusetts public schools is growing more diverse, the state's public schools are becoming increasingly segregated along race and class lines. The inequality of educational opportunities and outcomes is compounded when, as is usually the case, racially segregated schools are also schools of concentrated poverty. This report explores two decades of school segregation trends in the state and provides recommendations for policymakers and advocates.

Lost Opportunity 50 State Report

Publication Date: 
Wed, 2009-09-23
Type: 
Report

In Lost Opportunity: A 50 State Report on the Opportunity to Learn in America, the Schott Foundation for Public Education establishes a metric for determining the opportunity to learn for students. Providing a state-by-state comparison of both academic proficiency (percentage of students scoring at or above proficient on the eighth grade NAEP reading exam) and equity (as measured by the Schott Foundation’s Opportunity to Learn Index, or OTLI), Lost Opportunity identifies the four baseline minimum resources that are necessary for a child – regardless of race, ethnicity, or socioeconomic status – to have a fair and substantive Opportunity to Learn.

In the United States, every student should have the equal right to a high-quality education.  But as our most recent data demonstrates, for far too many students, quality and equity are aspirations, not realities.  Few states are providing public school educations that result in academic proficiency for students.  And even fewer states are providing access to a high-quality education to all students, particularly those from historically disadvantaged groups.

Putting a Price Tag on Expanding Opportunity

Posted on: Tuesday August 19th, 2014

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center and the Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy have launched a new project to put a firm price tag on what it would take to finally close the opportunity gap gap and ensure all students have the resources and opportunities they need to succeed

Massachusetts routinely leads the nation in test scores and high school graduation rates. But the state isn't immune to the same opportunity gaps (and resulting achievement gaps) that hinder students across the country, particularly students of color and students from low-income communities.

Lynn Community Takes Stand for Immigrant Students

Posted on: Friday July 25th, 2014

The small city of Lynn, MA, has become a local hotspot in the national immigration debate. On July 22, dozens of local parents, students and community members rallied on the steps of Lynn City Hall to protest city officials trying to scapegoat young immigrant students for the ails of a long-underfunded school system.

For education advocates and organizers, the small city of Lynn, MA, (just a short drive north of Boston) has become a local hotspot in the national immigration debate.

How We Won School Discipline Reform in Massachusetts

Posted on: Wednesday July 23rd, 2014

By Tom Mela, Massachusetts Advocates for Children

On July 1, Massachusetts took a bold step forward in the national school discipline reform movement when its new Chapter 222 law went into effect. To help advocates in other states learn how they, too, might tackle the school-to-prison pipeline, here’s how our Massachusetts coalition came together, fought hard, and won reform.

This guest post was written by Tom Mela, Senior Project Director at Massachusetts Advcoates for Children (MAC)

How Do We Get More Male Teachers of Color?

Posted on: Tuesday July 8th, 2014

By: Dr. Travis J. Bristol

There's no doubt that diversity at the front of the classroom is as important as having a diverse student body. But nationally Black men account for only about 2 percent of all public school teachers, and there is little research that explores these teachers’ experiences in schools.


Travis Bristol, author

Personal Opportunity Plans: Conditions and Considerations

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2014-07-08
Author: 
Carol Miller Lieber
Organization: 
Educators for Social Responsibility
Type: 
Report
Category: 
Equitable instructional materials and policies

Personal Opportunity Plans: Conditions and Considerations for Effective Development and Implementation of Personal Opportunity Plans by the Commonwealth, Districts, and Schools

Click here to download the 3-page Executive Summary.

This report contributes to the movement to shift from standards-based to supports-based reform that provides necessary resources so that every student has the opportunity to learn, succeed in school, and craft a productive future with the support of counselors, teachers, and personal advocates.

 

Boston Students Hold Sit-in to Demand Youth Subway Passes

Posted on: Tuesday June 10th, 2014

Whether you can get to school shouldn't depend on whether you can afford a subway pass. Students in Boston staged a protest and day-long sit-in at the State Transportation Building to demand youth subway passes.

Whether you can get to school shouldn't depend on whether you can afford a subway pass. Students in Boston staged a protest and day-long sit-in this week arguing just that point.

What Kind of Superintendent Do Boston Students Want?

Posted on: Monday March 31st, 2014

Students from the Boston Student Advisory Council, Youth and Board, and Boston-area Youth Organizing Project are playing an active role in helping the city select its next superintendent. Hear what they have to say in this great new video!

Boston students are playing an active role in helping the city select its new superintendent. Though not officially a part of the search committee, students from the Boston Student Advisory Council, Youth and Board, and Boston-area Youth Organizing Project have crafted a set of criteria and priorities they think are important when selecting a superintendent. 

Here's what they have to say!

MA Allies Help Draft Guidelines to Curb Suspensions

Posted on: Monday February 10th, 2014

OTL allies in Massachusetts played a huge role in passing a 2012 law known as Chapter 222 that required schools to provide educational resources to suspended students. Now, these same allies are playing a role in drafting state guidelines to help schools implement the new law.

OTL allies in Massachusetts played a huge role in passing a 2012 law known as Chapter 222 that required schools to provide continuing educational resources to suspended students. Now, these same allies are playing a role in drafting state guidelines to help schools implement the new law. Check out some of the recent media coverage of their work!