Massachusetts Parents United: Old Wine in an Empty Bottle

Read about Mass. Parents United. Who are they? The state director was former state director for Families for Excellent Schools. Funders? The Walton Foundation and the Longfield Foundation, which also funded Great Schools. Members? They say 7000, but what exactly does “member” mean? Might just mean signing a questionnaire outside the Stop and Shop, where paid staff were canvassing on election day. Lots of questions.

Seeing Good: My Mea Culpa to the Mason School

A spot on reflection on the deeply flawed Build BPS meetings. “I want improved school buildings for my children (and for all children). But I also want to know that the process is one built not on the mere appearance of consensus – in which five strangers ‘agree’ on abstract recommendations – but rather on the deep institutional knowledge embedded in school communities.”