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Toward Closing the Achievement Gap: A One-Year Progress Report on Education Reform in Massachusetts
The Race to the Top Coalition is a highly diverse group of business, community, civic and education leaders dedicated to closing the achievement gap in Massachusetts and improving outcomes for every student in the Commonwealth.


Convened by the
Boston Foundation in 2009, the Coalition played a major role in passing An Act Relevant to the Achievement Gapsigned into law by Governor Deval Patrick in 2010. The legislation doubled the number of charter school seats in the state, established innovative in-district schools and provided superintendents with new intervention powers in under-performing districts.   

Now the Coalition is focused on passing An Act to Further Narrow the Achievement Gap, which will eliminate the cap on public charter schools in the lowest performing districts, intervene in many more under-performing schools and promote other crucial innovations that will help to close the achievement gap in Massachusetts.   

The tools provided in the 2009 law expanded the options for parents by increasing the number of autonomous schools in under-performing districts. The increase in these schools—whether they be Commonwealth Charter, Horace Mann Charter, Innovation or Turnaround Schools—provides greater flexibility and decision-making for school leaders and teachers to meet their students’ needs through longer school days and other innovations.   

At a time when so many children still are falling behind and left unprepared for higher education and a 21st century workforce—and when solutions that work are closing the achievement gap for some children—why would we choose not to use every tool available to us to offer the best in education to all students?

 


Members of the Current Race to the Top Coalition   

  

Bessie Tartt Wilson Initiative for Children, Inc.
Black Ministerial Alliance
Black Leaders for Excellence in Education
The Boston Foundation
Boston Charter School Alliance
Boston Higher Education Resource Center
Boston Leaders for Education
Boston Municipal Research Bureau
College Bound Dorchester
Education Pioneers
Education Reform Now Advocacy Committee
Ella J. Baker House
Families for Excellent Schools
Freedom House
Massachusetts 2020
Massachusetts Charter Public School Association
Massachusetts Competitive Partnership
Mass High Technology Council
MassInsight
Mothers for Justice and Equality
New England Blacks in Philanthropy
New Schools Venture Fund
Stand for Children
Strategic Grant Partners
Urban League of Eastern Massachusetts
Young Black Women's Society   

 

Current as of August 25, 2015

 




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