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Educators and others rally to defeat Question 2

W hen asked for her official position regarding the MA ballot initiative (known as “Question 2”) that would have allowed a dozen new charter schools to open in MA each year, AFT President Randi Weingarten replied, “taking resources away from public schools robs their students of opportunities to achieve their aspirations.”

A Gathering of Leaders: Leadership Conference Unites Members (October/November, 2016)

“This is a big time for us,” observed AFT MA President Tom Gosnell in his introduction to the nearly 90 members in attendance at the 2016 AFT MA Leadership Conference. “We have a big challenge, and it is not just for K-12 schools.... Question 2 affects all of us!”

Noting how AFT MA also represents 31 public libraries and groups of paraprofessionals, custodians, and other dedicated workers, as well as public and private sector institutions of higher education, Gosnell suggested that, “We’re all part of the challenge.”

Weight Witch-ers: Salem “Losers” are big winners

With so much focus on all that public schools lose when charter school supporters throw their weight around and try to stuff a district with schools that really do not measure up, it is nice to hear of a district in which losing is actually a good thing!

“Stand and Unfold Yourself”: Actors’ Shakespeare Project brings learning to life (and vice versa)

For many students, William Shakespeare is just another “dead white guy” whom they have to get through in order to graduate and be considered “smart.” For those who are fortunate enough to engage his texts with support from the talented educational team of Actors’ Shakespeare Project (www.actorsshakespeareproject.org), however, the words of the Bard can become essential descriptions of and connections to

Rising to Teach: BU partnership program brings new ideas to Boston schools

   According to a recent report by the US Department of Education, Massachusetts had teacher shortages in 23 content areas in 2013-14 and 2015-16.  In addition to these teacher shortages, the compositional diversity of teachers working in most urban districts, including Boston, does not reflect the diversity of the students in the classroom.  Precollege programs designed to encourage young people to enter professions like STEM or business have existed for decades.  Among the most notable of these

A “NFTE” Way to Start a Career: Entrepreneurial training program takes hold in MA

  With the ever-increasing focus on math and technology skills, students are being better prepared for the “real world” than ever before. And yet, even with new high-stakes tests that are nominally intended to prepare them for college and career, many emerge from school with no real idea of what they want to do and where they want to apply their skills.