Blogs

“Third Way” Is Not the Answer

CommonWealth Magazine

IS THERE A “Third Way” to close the charter-district school divide? A recent CommonWealth article suggested there might be. I’d like to add my two cents concerning that possibility and even suggest there might be a fourth.

As a retired public school teacher, I was grateful for the opportunity because our main local forum, the Boston Globe, has largely ignored dissenting op-ed views about school reform for the past two decades. The absence of critical reportage about the charter movement and of vigorous public discussion has helped create the divide.

Continue reading...

Charters, Brookline and Bridgespan

By Bill Schechter

June 04. 2016 11:57AM

Charters, Brookline and Bridgespan

In the past six months, some 40 Massachusetts school committees or town governments (or both) have stated their strong opposition to the lifting of the charter school cap in next November’s ballot initiative. The Brookline school committee is not among them. I have now written two letters to the committee trying to find out why, but have received no reply.

Why should Brookline care about the charter question?

 

A Call for Transparency on Brookline School Committee

 

By Katherine Stewart and Matthew Stewart, Brookline parents

May 20. 2016 8:31AM

Guest Commentary: A call for transparency on the Brookline School Committee’s education reform agenda

The conflict between these two very different approaches to education management will be familiar to those who have followed the clashes between the advocates of the Common Core program and its critics across the nation over the past six years. Here in Brookline, it is vital that we approach this debate about education policy with the interests of families and voters of Brookline foremost in mind.

 

Continue reading...