If you live in the Parkway neighborhoods of Boston, you've probably seen lawn signs over the past few months: "STOP 361 BELGRADE." More recently, you may have seen some signs saying "We support Roxbury Prep." What's all this about? Well, at … [Read more...]
Massachusetts Senate…KEEPING THE CHARTER CAP!
To amuse myself this month I have been following Pioneer Institute’s “lift the charter cap” road show which began with a trial run commentary by Chieppo and Gas at, of all places, the Providence Journal. Pioneer has been touring the cloud … [Read more...]
Boston School Committee Member Meg Campbell…Listen Up!
In a Boston Globe opinion piece this past Friday, Boston School Committee member, Meg Campbell wrote, “I do raise the question of how 92 percent of our Boston Public School teachers can be rated proficient or exemplary when more than 50 … [Read more...]
Outsourcing Massachusetts Charter School Teaching jobs…Say it isn’t so!
It must be Charter School weekend at the Boston Globe! One article that caught my eye was “Top-notch school isn’t marred by loose ties to Turkish cleric.” Good to know, since Pioneer Charter School of Science might be "marred by the … [Read more...]
GCACS absurdity continues…
Despite being found by the AG's office to be in violation of state bidding/procurement laws in relation to the design and construction of their building; in violation (in multiple instances) of the Open Meeting Law; subject to a … [Read more...]
Back to the charter school cul de sac
Such a conundrum - maybe Secretary of Education Paul Reville can help him. After all, he's been in a political cul de sac too. For those of you new to all this, read the text of his famous email, quoted in this post. … [Read more...]
IG: Ed chief misled lawmakers, destroyed charter documents – Gloucester Daily Times
Today's installment of the Inspector General's report on the issues surrounding the approval of the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School paint a picture more worthy of Oliver North than our Commissioner and Secretary of Education. … [Read more...]
IG: Void Gloucester School Charter
In February, the board approved the Gloucester Community Arts Charter School, for grades 4-7, on Commissioner Mitchell Chester's recommendation. Gloucester officials opposed the school, saying it would drain resources to benefit an elite … [Read more...]
It’s been a mess Mr. Secretary
This may have happened already here in Massachusetts. While you were meeting with our state's Secretary of Education Paul Reville in Washington D.C. on February 24, 2009, an aide took his place on the Massachusetts Board of Elementary … [Read more...]
Inspector General Investigating Grant of Gloucester Charter
In response to questioning, Sullivan recommended that the Board not make any decisions regarding the charter at this time. Board member Kaplan moved to table discussion for a month pending completion of the investigation. She … [Read more...]