Massachusetts

What's Driving Rising Income Inequality in MA?

According to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the gap between MA's richest and poorest households is the 8th largest in the country. To see what's driving that gap and how it affects issues like education, poverty and the minimum wage, our policy-savvy allies at the Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center have released this helpful slideshow tool. Take a look!

According to a new report from the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities, the gap between Massachusetts' richest and poorest households is the 8th largest in the country.

MA Youth Allies Hold Class on Organizing and Teacher Evaluations

We have to hand it to our youth allies at the Boston Student Advisory Council who take their advocacy work with them everywhere they go, from rallies and press conferences all the way to the halls and classrooms of Harvard University. Several BSAC members recently held a class for students of the university's Graduate School of Education on the successful efforts of BSAC and other allied youth groups across Boston to get student voices incorporated into teacher evaluations.

We really have to hand it to our youth allies at the Boston Student Advisory Council who take their advocacy work with them everywhere they go, from rallies and press conferences all the way to the halls and classrooms of Harvard Law School and Univserity of Massachusetts - Boston.

MA Youth Advocates Collect Testimony From Over 400 Students!

Our friends and allies at the Boston Student Advisory Council and the Boston Area Youth Organizing Project hit the streets as part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign's National Week of Action on School Pushout. For the annual Listening Project event, the youth advocates went to three subway stations across the city and interviewed over 400 students about their experiences with their schools' discipline policies.

Our friends and allies at the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) and the Boston Area Youth Organizing Project (BYOP) hit the streets as part of the Dignity in Schools Campaign's National Week of Action on School Pushout.

MA Event: Is Education for Democracy at Risk?

Do you follow Deborah Meier's Education Week blog religiously? Have you read every one of her books? Want to hear her speak in person? Then head to the Brookline Public Library on December 3rd at 6:30 PM! Citizens for Public Schools will be hosting an evening event featuring a fantastic panel of education thinkers and policymakers discussing the future of democracy, how to stop the privatization of education and how to empower parents, teachers and communities to ensure all our students have an opportunity to learn.

Do you follow Deborah Meier's Education Week blog religiously? Have you read every one of her books? Want to hear her speak in person? Then head to the Brookline Public Library on December 3rd at 6:30 PM!

"Justice Is Equitable Funding for ALL Our Schools"

Publication Date: 
Fri, 2012-10-26

Check out this amazing video chronicling Journey for Justice, a protest event held in Washington, D.C. in September! Advocates from across the country (including several OTL allies) traveled to the nation's capital to rally and march against school closures, which disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. Before being given the axe, these schools are often set up to fail: they're chronically underfunded and unable to provide the types of resources and opportunities students need to succeed. As the advocates in the video say, "Justice is equitable funding for all our schools."

Check out this amazing video chronicling Journey for Justice, a protest event held in Washington, D.C. in September! Advocates from across the country traveled to the nation's capital to rally and march against school closures, which disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. 

"Justice Is Equitable Funding for ALL Our Schools"

Check out this amazing video chronicling Journey for Justice, a protest event held in Washington, D.C. in September! Advocates from across the country (including several OTL allies) traveled to the nation's capital to rally and march against school closures, which disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. Before being given the axe, these schools are often set up to fail: they're chronically underfunded and unable to provide the types of resources and opportunities students need to succeed. As the advocates in the video say, "Justice is equitable funding for all our schools."

Check out this amazing video chronicling Journey for Justice, a protest event held in Washington, D.C. in September! Advocates from across the country traveled to the nation's capital to rally and march against school closures, which disproportionately affect low-income communities and communities of color. 

Convening: Ask Students, We're the Ones in the Classroom!

Driven by the simple belief that students are the ones in the classroom and they should be asked about their learning experiences, advocates from 10 states (including many OTL allies) came together at a convening at the Harvard Graduate School of Education to develop messaging and organizing strategies to push for student input in the decisions affecting their education and teacher evaluations. Already in a few states, there are policies that give students a voice in the classroom, and many other states and districts would like to change their own policies through student input.

The following post was written by advocates from Youth on Board following a convening they hosted in Massachusetts. Many of the groups attending the event are OTL allies from across the country (see full list, bottom of page). The convening focused on sharing and developing organizing strategies to push for more student input in decisions affecting their education and teacher evaluations. 

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New Coalition: We Need Quality Schools in Every Boston Neighborhood

Kim M. Janey, Senior Project Director for Massachusetts Advocates for Children & A Lead Organizer for the Community Coalition for Excellence, Equity, and Engagement

A new coalition of advocacy, civil rights and social justice organizations and parents has emerged in the debate over a new student assignment plan in Boston Public Schools. For the Community Coalition for Excellence, Equity, and Engagement, the issue is ensuring access to high quality schools for all Boston students in every neighborhood. Given Boston's history with desegregation in the 1970s, the nation is watching to see if the city can once and for all break free of its ugly past or whether it will be doomed to repeat history by denying children of color access to quality educational opportunities.

A new student assignment plan that Boston Public Schools may adopt will have an impact on generations to come. Student assignment and busing is not a new issue in Boston.

It's Our Time: The Empathy Gap for Girls of Color

By Linda Charmaraman, Wellesley Centers for Women

When we set out to create the Wellesley Centers for Women project “Promoting Public Awareness of the Road to Educational Equity for Girls of Color,” our mission was to create a public forum to discuss the ongoing educational equity issues for girls of color in the Boston area. We traveled from Dorchester to Roxbury, from the superintendent offices of the Boston Public Schools to the Opportunity to Learn Education Summit in Washington, DC. Along the way, we met with girls who were tired of negative stereotypes about their achievement capacities and who had a lot to say about the lack of attention paid to them by the district. They were so proud to give us tours of their schools, and we heard what their mentors had to say about them and the broader issues surrounding the opportunity gap.

When we set out to create the Wellesley Centers for Women project “Promoting Public Awareness of the Road to Educational Equity for Girls of Color,” our mission was to create a public forum to discuss the ongoing educational equity issues for girls of color in the Boston area.

In Their Own Words: Girls Promoting Girls Equity

Who better to talk about the challenges and opportunities young women of color face in education than the young women themselves? As part of an ongoing project, the Centers for Women partnered with Boston-based Teen Voices to produce a short video series featuring teens "as the experts and agents of their own learning experiences, offering examples of effective strategies and solutions for closing the opportunity gap." The goal of the project is to promote public discourse about barriers to educational equity for girls of color and push for change in education policy and practice.

Who better to talk about the challenges and opportunities young women of color face in education than the young women themselves?

That's the thinking behind the Wellesley Centers for Women project "Promoting Public Awareness of the Road to Educational Equity for Girls of Color: A Multi-level Strategy."

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