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Massachusetts's Opportunity Gap
From Springfield to Fitchburg, from Lynn to Boston, Massachusetts is full of passionate advocates and organizers working to improve their state's public education system. At a recent organizing event for MA OTL groups, allies mapped out the education organizing landscape in the Commonwealth (at right), and coordinated their campaigns on fair funding, school discipline and supports-based reforms. Read about the event here!
In this interconnected world all children, and particularly those who stand at the margins, need a diverse teaching force if they are going to be able to be competitive globally. I’m glad to report that a seemingly contentious hearing yielded a true partnership between Boston Public Schools, local community members, researchers, and myself and colleague City Councilor Ayanna Pressley to create and implement an accountability structure that ensures we recruit, support, and, most importantly, retain highly qualified teachers of color.Read more >
In a testament to the many parents, students and teachers who have been educating the public and policymakers about the potential consequences of charter school expansion, the Massachusetts State Senate voted to not lift a cap on the number of charter schools in the state.Read more >
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 succeedRead more >
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.Read more >
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.Read more >
Carol Miller Lieber Educators for Social Responsibility, Jul 2014
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.
Annie E. Casey Foundation, Jul 2013
The 2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book provides a detailed picture of how children are faring in the United States. In addition to ranking states on overall child well-being, the Data Book ranks states in four domains: Economic Well-Being, Education, Health, and Family and Community.
Citizens for Public Schools, Jun 2013
20 years after Massachusetts (often lauded as a leader in education policy) passed the Education Reform Act of 1993, Citizens for Public Schools, an OTL ally, took a long hard look at the results of that law to find the state still has a ways to go toward ensure equity and opportunity for all Massachusetts students. [Executive summary available below. Download the full report here.]
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