I recently published a four-part look at charter schools in California, which can be summed up by the title of the first piece: “How messed up is California’s charter school sector? You won’t believe how much.” The author, Carol Burris, a former … [Read more...] about Charter Schools in California are Opening Where They Aren’t Needed, Study Says
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The Boston Teachers Union Tuesday accused the School Department of intimidating teachers who speak with the news media and of trying to infringe upon their First Amendment rights. The teachers union, which has been locked in protracted contract talks … [Read more...] about Union accuses Boston School Department of trying to silence teachers
The Boston Herald ran a report on Tuesday on two of our major outstanding issues at the bargaining table (pay equity at autonomous schools and improving services in inclusion classes), and the the school district fired back on Wednesday with a few … [Read more...] about Herald Report on Contract Issues Brings Curious Rebuttal from School District
From East Boston to Hyde Park, Brighton to Dorchester, Charlestown to Roxbury, Chinatown to West Roxbury, Pilot and traditional, Horace Mann Charters and Innovation Schools and everywhere in between, thousands of our members braved the snowy cold … [Read more...] about Contract Update, Rally ‘Round the Bolling Building
Last week BESE voted 6 to 3 to approve 300 new seats at the Boston Preparatory Charter Public School and 35 new seats at Boston Collegiate Charter School, for as total of 335 seats, and close to $6 million in lost annual revenue. See the letter from … [Read more...] about BESE Approves 335 More Charter Seats, Draining Already-Strapped School Budget by Another $5.2-$6.4 Million Annually
Why Has There Been No Pushback From Our Leaders?The Massachusetts charter school statute, M.G.L. c. 71, § 89(cc), states that the: …children who reside in the school district in which the charter school is located shall be provided … [Read more...] about Charter and District Transportation Schedules: Commonwealth Charters Get Preferential Treatment
President-elect Donald Trump's decision last week to nominate Betsy DeVos, a Michigan billionaire and conservative activist, as his education secretary has caused great consternation in parts of the education world — those parts that are deeply … [Read more...] about What’s the Worst that Could Happen with Betsy DeVos as Education Secretary? Two Scenarios
President-elect Trump has tapped Trump tapped Betsy DeVos, a former Republican Party chairwoman in Michigan and chair of the pro-school choice advocacy group American Federation of Children, as his Education Secretary. Here's a roundup of some … [Read more...] about Ouch: Betsy DeVos
The Office of Opportunity and Achievement Gap Speaker Series is holding an event on Thursday, December 8 from 6-8 PM at Boston Latin School. Tim Wise will be the keynote speaker. For more information, please email or see the flyer for more … [Read more...] about Office of Opportunity and Achievement Gaps Speaker Series: December 8 Event
At one school in Massachusetts, one in every three students received an out-of-school suspension last year. City on a Hill, a charter school in New Bedford, gave out-of-school suspensions to 37.9 percent of their students during the 2015-2016 school … [Read more...] about What Massachusetts school had the highest suspension rate in 2015-2016?