Education Overview

I started out in local politics concerned to put more resources in place for education.  Every year as a state legislator, I work hard to bring back fair Chapter 70 aid  and full  Special Education reimbursements to my communities.

Yet, I am also convinced that we need to fundamentally change the way we provide education if we are to achieve the goal of bringing every child to their full potential. In the model we have — in which most content for learning is delivered by teachers in classrooms — we are failing to adequately differentiate learning to meet the diverse needs of our children. As hard as we try to increase education funding, class sizes are never going to be small enough for teachers to fully address the individuality of every child.

We will always need teachers to coach and motivate students, but we need to give them the online tools they need to deliver different content to different kids and test different content for different kids. We also need to empower kids more to learn on their own and give them credit for their independent learning.

For the past three legislative sessions, I have worked hard to pass legislation to strengthen online learning in Massachusetts. This effort culminated in the virtual schools bill that we passed at the end of the last session.

I am spending the ccurrent session listening to students, parents and teachers, watching to see how the virtual school bill is implemented, and generally thinking about how best to further support change in public education. Over the past year, I have visited most of the schools in my district.

For more about my work and thinking on these issues, you can browse all topics in this forum, use the outline below or use the search box (top right) to find older posts.

Published by Will Brownsberger

Will Brownsberger is State Senator from the Second Suffolk and Middlesex District.