Charters in Massachusetts are well-regulated, nonprofit public schools that have promoted educational equity in our urban districts and offered innovative programs in suburban and rural schools.
The loss of the 2016 ballot initiative to lift enrollment caps on charters was certainly a political setback for charters, but it had no impact on the quality of the educational programs in their classrooms or the role charters play in furthering educational excellence in the Commonwealth.
These schools still enjoy bipartisan support among state leaders, and parents are still lining up to enroll their children.
In my view, strong principals and teachers lead to strong classrooms, strong classrooms lead to strong schools, and strong schools lead to strong communities, regardless of whether it is a traditional district or charter school. Public charter schools in Massachusetts have proved their value over the past 25 years; they should be embraced, not treated as adversaries.
Imagine the bipartisan duo of Baker and DeLeo highlighting this state’s success nationally, perhaps with a presentation at a prominent think tank and some TV appearances. Baker, a moderate Republican, could help dispel the NRA’s fearmongering that gun safety efforts are actually part of a sinister socialist plot to obliterate individual liberties.
“Having a guy like him would be really helpful,” DeLeo said of Baker, adding that the best plan would probably be “to take a trip to Washington and let them hear what has gone on here in Massachusetts.”
After what many solar advocates are calling recent “assaults” on the industry, a coalition of solar organizations is joining forces to call on Gov. Charlie Baker to recommit to the state’s clean energy economy.
What many feel has been a lack of action by lawmakers have led some to wonder what it will take to spark tighter gun control. “I thought it might take 500 people. 500 people were shot in Las Vegas. Is it going to take thousands at one time? Maybe it will,” said John Rosenthal, the founder of Stop Handgun violence.
Earlier this month the 6th annual LearnLaunch conference took placein Boston, Massachusetts. The conference brought together old friends and new ideas, featuring a number of sessions covering everything from flipped classrooms to Asian edtech investment.
From the wealth of resources available at the event, here are a number of podcast and video interviews about the future of the workplace and how workers, employers, and educators can prepare for it. Over the next few weeks, we’ll be releasing some of our best interviews from the event.
Listen in to these first few, and stay tuned as we release more coverage from LearnLaunch 2018.
Although she’s only been an emergency medical technician with Troup County American Medical Response team for five years, Denise Monteith has wanted to do the job since witnessing an accident on New Franklin Road years ago.
“I was on scene of an accident that took the life of a 7-year-old, and I also had a 7-year-old at home. I knew then that was what I wanted to do, I knew then I wanted to become an EMT and do this for my career,” she said.
Mildred Ave.’s turnaround is a story about trust. The district allowed and trusted the school to retain its autonomy and gave teachers broad latitude and accountability in reshaping their classrooms. Teachers and school leaders pushed and trusted each other to follow through on bold strategies. This collaboration proved to be a vanguard of support and change – and a model from which more schools and districts can learn.
Vote Solar, an advocacy group, has appealed a recent DPU decision to allow Eversource to levy a new demand charge and monthly minimum reliability contribution on new solar customers. The group also wants state policymakers to give the industry assistance to offset new tariffs the president imposed on solar panel imports.
“When a patient collapses from cardiac arrest in the community, the chance they will survive is low to begin with,” says Brian Clemency, associate professor of emergency medicine in the Jacobs School, medical director at AMR and a physician with UBMD Emergency Medicine. “But their chances get even worse if emergency medical services (EMS) providers automatically try to take the patient to the hospital, rather than maximizing their care on scene.”
Boston Collegiate Charter School, located in Dorchester and with a student body that mirrors the demographics of a changing city, has had to navigate difficult conversations around race, diversity, and immigration. For all the progress that has been made on these issues, these conversations seem as important today as they’ve ever been—maybe more so. They are critical if we are going to overcome systemic issues and ingrained biases in our city.