A critical flaw in the House education bill

I am very concerned about the definition of an underperforming school district that could be written into the new education bill. The new bill, specifically the section that will replace Chapter 71, Section 89 (i) (3), includes language that will trigger lifting the charter school cap for districts based on low Composite Performance Index (CPI) […]

In favor of education reform

Knowing you are addressing legislation around Education Reform, Im compelled to write and share with you my thoughts and observations. Since my children began public schooling back in 1971 Ive been heavily involved in public education volunteering in the classroom, serving on policy committees and the local school committee. Never have I supported charter schools […]

Boston International: Model for Innovation Schools

I am against giving School Superintendents more power than they already have.  In a perfect world, principals and teachers should jointly figure out how to fix underperforming schools.  Superintendents are too distant from the task. I think Charter Schools need to exist.  They offer smaller classes, good teachers, maybe even better curriculums.  Often they also […]

Response to the latest version of Massachusetts’ Education Reform Bill

The latest version of the education reform bill to come out of the joint committee on education has many laudable elements that could improve education in entire schools and even school districts.  The Innovation Schools look like they’re heading in the right direction.  Sections 1, 2 and 3 of the bill are potentially workable although […]

need to respect collective bargaining rights of teachers

Dear Mr. Brownsberger, I am writing to express my displeasure at the current education bill. I agree that there needs to be urgent action in poor performing schools. However, it is not only teachers that are to blame for such performance. We need comprehensive education reform that will look at the role of administrators, parents, […]