Sometimes We Need to Be Reminded…
… that our schools are full of great kids, hard-working and creative teachers, overworked and underappreciated administrators, and effective programs.
Read more about some of these outstanding people, schools and communities in our series: Spotlighting JFYNetWorks Partner Schools… January 2020 edition.
School Wars Are Over in Massachusetts. Everybody Won
A January 2020 Bloomberg Opinion
Late last year, Massachusetts Governor Charlie Baker signed a school-funding bill that is almost as historic as the 1993 law that made the state the gold standard for public education for at least a decade. The rest of the country should pay attention.
The funding bill renews the promise of the 1993 Massachusetts reforms, the product of years of negotiations among teachers’ unions, parents’ organizations, politicians and business groups.
The 2019 law, which passed both houses of the Democrat-controlled state legislature unanimously and was signed by a Republican governor, doesn’t just increase school aid; it fixes the school-funding formula that saw poor districts like Brockton.
Source: finance.yahoo.com via Bloomberg
Brockton student explores civil rights through grandmother’s eyes in documentary project
When Brockton High School junior Chloe Livingston started a documentary film project examining the civil rights movement, she decided to include a special source: her grandmother. Sandra Livingston, who grew up during the fight for equality. That documentary earned her top honors in the Individual Documentaries category of the competition, and she will move on with other category winners in her class to a regional competition in March.
Sen. Boncore secures funding to run a job readiness program at East Boston High School
Boncore secured $75,000 in funding to run a job readiness program at East Boston High School as well as another $75,000 for a Museum of Science engineering education program at Eastie’s elementary schools.
“It was a good year fiscally for the state and we’ve been able to make record investments in public transportation, education and health care,” said Boncore.
BPS Superintendent releases five-year plan for Boston Public Schools
Plan aimed at promoting equity, rigor
The plan focuses on five key goals: to eliminate opportunity and achievement gaps, accelerate learning, amplify all voices, expand opportunity and cultivate trust. The plan was developed after visits to every school in the city, as well as many conversations with Boston community members. The culmination of research revealed “emerging themes” that were prioritized in the plan.
The plan includes input from parents, teachers, and students. Cassellius said that the plan values family engagement and focuses on what the community has to say.
Brockton track brings together boys from all over the world
The Boxers, like the school they represent, are a melting pot of different cultures
On a team with athletes from more than 10 different countries and at a school where students’ first language is more likely to be something other than English, Alex Severe Jean fits right in.
Jean was born and raised in Haiti until moving to Brockton six years after the 2010 earthquake that killed between 220,000-300,000 people, according to CNN. For Jean, Brockton has become a place of opportunity.
“It took a lot of hard work, but I’m going to try the best that I can do here, so I can succeed in life.”
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