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Summer Speech Support (June/July 2016)

By Miriam Rodriguez and Anna M. L. Williams


Communicating thoughts, ideas, and opinions clearly and effectively is essential to becoming a successful learner and independent problem solver. Therefore, families should continue to develop speaking, listening, reading, and writing skills over the summer by enjoying activities that will strengthen communication skills.

Here are some summer speech support suggestions.


Talk About Things: Make it a routine to name and describe things. For example, “I see a tall, leafy, shady tree. What do you see?”

Public Education, Inc. (August/September 2016)

By Shirley Jones-Luke


You and your colleagues are sitting in an auditorium at the end of another busy day.  People are tired, but feel that they’ve accomplished much.  No one knows what the meeting is about and there is a lot of murmuring in the audience. Finally, the CEO and President come to the podium. They have somber expressions on their faces.  The audience immediately quiets down and focuses their attention on the executives. You could hear a pin drop.

The "Right" Education for You

By Ronda Goodale


Almost 10 percent of all students who attend an high school drop out. Dropout rates are even higher for Black (12 percent), Latino (33 percent) and urban students (22 percent). Approximately 66 percent of the students who graduate high school enroll in college. Of these, however, about 40 percent drop out. As a result, only about 32 percent of Americans over 25 have a college degree. All of this data supports the need to broaden our educational goals. 

Why We Need to Keep the Cap (October/November, 2016)

By Maureen McDermott

Opening charter schools takes away funding from public schools in every district in MA.  It is projected by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) that, in 2017, MA public schools will lose $451,338,729 to charter schools and that total will increase by $100,000,000 each year. Boston alone will lose more than $130,000,000 next year, without even adding any more district charter schools. 

Just Say "No" (August/September 2016)

By Miriam Fusco

How do you respond to someone who wants to move a child into a charter school?

Do your homework!

Here are the facts about charter schools:

Their original purpose was to serve as a laboratory in which best practices could be developed and from which traditional public schools could learn. In my many years as an educator in the public school system who shares responsibilities of educating students in a community where a handful of charter schools exist, not once have I encountered the sharing of any “wisdom” obtained from charter schools.