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...]
Charter School Attrition
Well, with Scot Lehigh once again burnishing the charter school myth in today's Globe, it's time once again to go to the numbers. Charter schools like to tout their test scores and long waiting lists, especially when advocating for more … [Read more...]
School quality? School choices? Yes and yes.
A bold move by two Boston City Councilors and four state Reps (all in Boston districts) could lead to huge improvements in the so-so city schools. It might also come to little. Councilor John Connolly, who heads the body's education … [Read more...]
Stand for Children: Lawmakers have chance to ensure schools promote and recognize teachers based on performance, not just seniority
Yesterday, Secretary of the Commonwealth William Galvin transmitted to the state legislature An Act to Promote Excellence in Public Schools. The proposed initiative, if passed, would make necessary changes to state law to ensure every … [Read more...]
ROUNDING THE GLOBE 5: One Op Ed You Will Not Be Reading
This is one op ed you won't be reading in the Boston Globe. The Globe decided to "pass on it," as they have on most other dissenting education policy pieces over the past 17 years. What is the sound does an op ed page make without even one … [Read more...]
How Patrick can win back teachers
Here are what I consider to be three "no-brainer" thing he can do to begin repairing relations with public school teachers: (1) provide incentives for charter school teachers to unionize or at least publicly encourage them to do so, (2) end … [Read more...]
Councilor Connolly Goes Public on Schools
On the way to becoming a lawyer, he taught in a tough NYC school and then in a Boston charter one. He still believes in charters, not as the salvation but as proving grounds for prototypes to replicate.As well as the details of budgets, … [Read more...]
Teachers Good; Teachers’ Unions Bad!
Three years later, I started taking education courses and began a career as a teacher. I don't understand all the ins and outs of education policy, but I have a lot more insight into the things the community expects teachers to do and … [Read more...]
Will Public Education determine the election outcome?
Pablo put up a very interesting post that led to a good discussion of federal No Child Left Behind (NCLB) and state Ed Reform. My response to a good comment on that thread by Publius got so long that I decided I better create new post … [Read more...]