Massachusetts

Kathleen A. Kelley, 61, is retiring after 13 years as the president of the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers. Previously, she was the legislative director of the 22,000-member union, which is based in Boston.
May 17, 2006 – Education Week
Worried about the possible shrinkage of their educated workforces in coming decades, the New England states have joined together on a new initiative aimed at preparing more students to tackle college.
May 3, 2006 – Education Week
For the first time, Massachusetts will spend federal money to teach abstinence education.
May 3, 2006 – Education Week
Dan French, the executive director of the Center for Collaborative Education in Boston, believes that his organization has found a model of district and union collaboration that results in improved engagement and achievement for the students they serve.
April 19, 2006 – Education Week
The Boston Teachers’ Union and the city’s school district sent letters to teachers and administrators at local charter schools last week, inviting them to consider converting their schools to in-district “pilot schools.”
April 19, 2006 – Education Week
Five urban school districts were named last week as finalists for an annual award recognizing systems posting the greatest improvement in student achievement.
April 12, 2006 – Education Week
Secretary of Education Margaret Spellings has appointed Massachusetts Commissioner of Education David P. Driscoll to the National Assessment Governing Board.
April 12, 2006 – Education Week
Commentary
Taking Stock
The authors of an independent study of the Boston public school system and its leadership claim that a similar method of study and investigation can help save other districts undergoing leadership changes a lot of time, money, and despair.
April 5, 2006 – Education Week
With three months left in Thomas W. Payzant’s decade-long tenure as superintendent of the Boston schools, those charged with finding a successor are getting an earful from scholars, community groups, and civic leaders as they consider how much of a change agent the district needs.
March 29, 2006 – Education Week
City and school leaders in Boston reached an agreement with the Boston Teachers’ Union last week to expand the district’s system of small, autonomous schools, ending a 2-year-old standoff that had stalled the growth of the experimental program.
February 22, 2006 – Education Week

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