Wonk & Roll: Education reform through pressure points

1 Monday, April 4, 2011 Secretary of Education Paul Reville is quoted in today’s Boston Globe story about underperforming schools, “It’s a lot of hard work ahead.  There are no magical cures.”  We agree, and with 71 percent of Gateway City students attending a level 3 or 4 school, and with 23 underperforming schools in

Wonk & Roll: The next UMass president

With Marty Meehan out of the running for UMass president, we thought it might be helpful to nominate a few other candidates for consideration. So, in no particular order—other than alphabetical—here is our list: Ian Bowles—All agree that the soon to be former Massachusetts secretary of Energy and Environmental Affairs has done a stellar job

Wonk & Roll: How school choice can change schools

On October 16th, the Boston Globe ran a front page story about school choice.  The Globe reported that enrollment in the program has increased by 60 percent over the last decade. However, in total, just under 12,000 students participate in the program, not a significant amount.  Few remember this, but the debate over school choice

Planning for College

A Consumer Approach to the Higher Education Marketplace

The place of college in the lives of current and future generations of American families has fun­damentally changed. Once the privilege of a few, college is now a virtual prerequisite for joining and remaining in the ranks of the middle class. This economic reality means more students con­tinue their education beyond high school each year.

Incomplete Grade

Massachusetts Education Reform at 15

In a world defined by rapid change and increasing global competition, education must be a top priority for Massachusetts and the nation. Fifteen years ago, Massachusetts made a bold commitment to raise the educational standards of all children in Massachusetts with the passage of the 1993 Massachusetts Education Reform Act (MERA). Since then, the state

Paying for College

The Rising Cost of Higher Education

At the same time that a college education has become the ticket to the middle class, college has become less affordable. The situation in New England is worse than it is nationally. Even though incomes are higher in the region, families are likely spending a higher share of their income to pay for college. In

The Changing Face of Massachusetts

The Changing Face of Massachusetts is a joint project of MassINC and the Center for Labor Market Studies and was made possible by the generous support of a number of sponsors, including the Nellie Mae Education Foundation, Verizon, Citizens Bank, Polaroid, and Bank of America’s Frank W. and Carl S. Adams Memorial Fund. The demographics

Reaching Capacity

A Blueprint for the State Role in Improving Low Performing Schools and Districts

The Massachusetts Education Reform Act (MERA) of 1993 sparked an unprecedented era of reform activity in schools and districts that continues to this day. Over the past decade, the state has more than doubled its local aid to schools and districts, and held local entities accountable by creating standards and assessments on which the progress

Massachusetts Charter Schools and Their Feeder Districts

A Demographic Analysis

The Rennie Center for Education Research and Policy at MassINC today issued a report detailing the results of its recent study exploring the demographic profiles of charter schools in Massachusetts as compared to the districts from which they draw students. This analysis of student population data informs the ongoing debate on the funding, effectiveness, and

Examining State Intervention Capacity

How Can the State Better Support Low Performing Schools & Districts?

State accountability systems and the No Child Left Behind Act force policymakers and the public, alike, to recognize the large numbers of schools that are failing to educate all students to high standards. More schools and districts than ever are being identified as low performing, and the problem requires substantial, systemic action from the state.

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