Supporting our police officers on criminal justice reform

The MassCJRC Journal

The latest incidents of tragic violence in communities of color across the county have drawn greater attention to criminal justice reform. The public increasingly recognizes that we are asking too much of our police when we send them into neighborhoods torn apart by decades of disinvestment, racial discrimination, illegal drugs, and the proliferation of guns.

New CSG data provide important insights on young adult justice

The Council of State Governments Justice reinvestment team convened the working group for a third meeting this week. Their presentation focused on recidivism with particular attention to pretrial decision-making, incarcerated populations, and programming within HOC institutions. The CSG also provided an addendum with additional slides. A couple of thoughts based on the data and reactions from the

Entering the fray on education accountability

The Gateway Cities Journal

Recently MassINC convened education leaders from across New England for a dialogue on redesigning state accountability frameworks to comply with the new federal Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). We’ll be bringing this group together for several dialogues focused on how states should approach accountability with particular attention to Gateway Cities. The arguments are compelling: small-to-midsize

A community conversation on transformative development in Springfield

On June 30th,MassINC joined the Pioneer Valley Planning Commission for a community conversation on transformative development in Springfield. The forum was held at Make-It Springfield, a pop-up makerspace launched with support from MassDevelopment’s TDI program. Managed in partnership with the UMass Design Center in Springfield, the space has revitalized a vacant storefront bringing new energy

NGALC Meeting 1 Recap

Measuring Academic Achievement and Student Growth

On June 29th, MassINC hosted the first meeting of the Next Generation Accountability Learning Community for small to midsize urban districts. State and local education leaders from across New England gathered to discuss the opportunities presented by the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA). Session one focused on measuring academic achievement and student growth. Ryan Reyna

Investing in economic development

The Gateway Cities Journal

After several months reviewing the Baker administration’s ambitious $918 million economic development proposal, the House and Senate Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies has come to agreement on a pared-down version of the bill. The proposed legislation cuts back on the overall spending in Governor Baker’s plan by roughly $320 million and shortens

Marilyn Flores and Kevin Zeno

This Week’s Gateway Cities Leaders

Cities are shaped by their citizens. From New Bedford to Pittsfield, passionate young leaders are spearheading innovative efforts to reinvent their communities for a new generation. The Gateway Cities Leaders series profiles their work and introduces their ideas, visions, and aspirations to the wider Gateway City world. Is there a young leader in your city

Andrew Rice to present at first convening 

National expert on academic measurers of student growth joins NGALC leaders 

Andrew Rice, Vice President of Research and Operations at Education Analytics Inc. will serve as an expert presenter at the first convening of the NGALC. This session will focus on integrating foundational metrics of school success into accountability policies, including academic achievement, growth, and English language proficiency.  Andrew works with local school districts, labor organizations,

The Next Generation Accountability Learning Community

A community of educators from across New England discussing school accountability in small to midsize urban districts

MassINC is excited to announce the formation of the Next Generation Accountability Learning Community (NGALC). Through in depth conversations with policy experts and fellow educators, members of the NGALC will identify opportunities and challenges the Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) presents for small-to-midsize urban districts in New England serving large concentrations of high-need students. Passed

Emerging out of the Gateway Cities Vision

The NGLAC is born from a multi-year effort to advance an education agenda for small-to-midsize urban districts in Massachusetts

In 2007, MassINC co-authored a study with the Brookings Institution that exposed a deep divide between job growth and prosperity in Boston, and struggling, regional cities in other parts of the state. These regional cities had long been “Gateways” to the middle class for generations of Massachusetts families, but the concentration of activity in the

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