Massachusetts

Boston Takes the Lead in MA Discipline Reform

There's a new victory in the fight to end the school-to-prison pipeline. Last week, the Boston School Committee adopted an entirely new Code of Conduct by unanimous vote that centers on alternative and supportive discipline practices. 

Just over one year ago, Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick signed the Chapter 222 legislation, a school discipline reform law requiring districts to revise their Codes of Conduct to issue suspensions and expulsions only as a last resort. Last week, Boston Public Schools (BPS) became the first district in the state to adopt a new Ch.

Twitter, Facebook, and Education in the Boston Mayoral Race

As Boston prepares to elect a new mayor this fall, education advocates and organizers need to put equity and access to quality public schools front and center in the mayoral debates. Here are candidates' social media handles so you can contact them directly and ask them how they plan to ensure all students have an opportunity to learn.

6 Questions for Boston's Next Mayor

As Boston prepares to elect a new mayor this fall, education advocates and organizers need to put equity and access to quality public schools front and center in the mayoral debates. Here are the 6 questions every Bostonian should ask the candidates about their education policies.

Six Questions to Ask Boston's Next Mayor

Introducing Boston Truth, the City's New Education Coalition

On Wednesday, August 21 a new coalition of students, parents and educators known as “Boston Truth” hosted its kickoff event at the First Parish Church in Dorchester. The group, which contains many grassroots OTL allies, is dedicated to promoting educational justice and equity at a time when Boston is facing major changes in its education landscape.

New Education Coalition Launched in Boston!

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Student Voice Matters - Add your photo to this new project by Boston youth organizers!

The Student Voice Photo Booth is a picture-based project where students make signs explaining why their voice is important in the education debate, snap a picture of themselves with the signs, and then upload and share the pictures online. Add yours!

Student organizers from the Boston-based Youth on Board (YOB) and Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) have launched an exciting new website and project - and they want you to join in! The Student Voice Photo Booth is a picture-based project where students make signs explaining why their voice is important in the education debate, snap a picture of themselves with the signs, and then upload and share the pictures online. 

2013 KIDS COUNT Data Book

Publication Date: 
Tue, 2013-07-09
Author: 
Annie E. Casey Foundation
Type: 
reports
Category: 
early-care-education

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.

In MA, More Support Needed for Early Education

By Jane E. Tewksbury and John Jackson

No state—especially one that is considered to be a national leader—should accept the status quo where race, ethnicity or gender can predict a student's chances for success. Massachusetts needs to focus on early education, eliminating education inequities, and investing in public universities.

Jane E. Tewksbury is Executive Director of Thrive in 5, a public-private partnership of the City of Boston and United Way.  Dr. John H. Jackson is President and CEO of the Schott Foundation for Public Education

To secure our first in the nation position as a leader in education for generations to come, Massachusetts must make targeted investments now to support our youngest learners.

MA OTL Allies: What's Next for Massachusetts?

June marked the 20th anniversary of the 1993 Education Reform Act in Massachusetts. Because the Bay State is often regarded as a leader in national education policy, it's worth considering: How has Massachusetts fared in helping students succeed, and where is there room for improvement?

Twenty Years After Ed Reform, What's Next for MA?
New research from Citizens for Public Schools on how Massachusetts
and the nation can ensure equity and excellence for all students

MA Education Reform at 20: What Lies Ahead?

By Alyssa Haywoode, Early Education for All

On June 18th, the 20th anniversary of the signing of MA's Education Reform Act of 1993, three organizations hosted a panel discussion for nearly 100 attendees at the Boston Bar Association to reflect on how far the state has come and discuss the many opportunities that exist for making innovative and meaningful progress.


(Left to right) Noah Berger, president MassBudget; Eileen Rudden, co-founder, LearnLaunch; John Jackson, President & CEO, Schott Foundation; John Bissell, Executive VP, Greylock Federal Credit Union. Photo: Strategies for Children

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