The country will decide who our next president will be on November 8th, but Massachusetts voters will also make decisions on ballot questions that will have a significant impact locally. Here's why I will vote #NNYY next Tuesday. No On … [Read more...]
Are Charter Schools Good Schools?
A pro-charter-school paper by Thomas Kane at the Harvard Ed School has been going around and reached us here in Sudbury. I looked into it a bit and wrote what I think is a reasoned response, which I have circulated locally and on the … [Read more...]
Senate Charter School Bill May Close More Charters Than It Opens
Disclaimer: I'm not an expert in education policy. I did take a quick look through the bill, and came to a startling conclusion that I want to get your input on. The Senate's Charter School bill states that if a Charter has a worse … [Read more...]
How the Ed Reform Sausage Gets Made: The Barr Foundation
I had hoped to write a big ol' primer on the Walsh Administration's plan to charterize the Boston Public Schools. But it's hard for me to write coherently about something that makes me so angry, and, anyway, anything I wrote would basically … [Read more...]
Boston Compact: Charters Reject Choice
There are many reasons to be suspicious of The Boston Compact's Unified Enrollment plan, not least of which is that a body that "Chief Collaboration Officer" Rachel Weinstein asserts is "not a public organization" (direct quote from last … [Read more...]
Backfilling: The Solution to Charter School Waiting Lists
So now the charter school advocates are trying a ballot initiative to raise the charter school cap. Think of the children! Those poor children languishing on the charter school waiting lists! I know from personal experience that there's … [Read more...]
Lifting the Charter School Cap: A Look at the Numbers
I read this story about a civil rights lawsuit being used as an end-run around the legislature and their increasingly-skeptical constituents to raise the charter school cap. I decided to put my feelings aside and take a hard look at the … [Read more...]
Massachusetts Legislators…LISTEN UP!
In todays Boston Globe, Michael J. Maguire wrote a letter “James Peyser Supports Unfair Charter Schools,” and in a recent BMG post by Nopolitician, “Elections Have Consequences: Baker Hires Charter Booster as Education Secretary” I found … [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...]
On Raising the Charter School Cap
Two agenda items of the "Education Reform" crowd are showing up as issues in Boston's mayoral race. I'd like to look at the first one: raising the cap on charter schools in Boston. And I can see why this is at the top of the agenda. … [Read more...]
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