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  Paul Grogan at Race to the Top-Rally
  Parents, students, staff and supporters of education reform rallied at the State House on June 30th to urge the Massachusetts Senate to pass the House-approved legislation that would grant more autonomies to schools in the Commonwealth by lifting the cap on charter public schools in struggling districts and expand turnaround powers to dozens of low-performing district schools.

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James H. Burnett III
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Press Releases

September 22, 2014: Remarkable Stories Emerge from MCAS Result

July 16, 2014: Coalition deeply disappointed in Senate result on school legislation

May 21, 2014: Coalition applauds House passage of "An Act relative to improving student achievement." 

April 17, 2014: Coalition applauds charter reimbursement increase in Governor’s FY14 supplemental budget.
Coalition applauds decision to advance education reform bill in House, March 26, 2014.
Race to the Top Coalition applauds extension of education reform discussion, March 18, 2014.
Race to the Top Coalition applauds Level 4 “turnaround” success stories.
New Poll Shows Strong Support to Lift Charter Caps in Gateway Cities.
Charter study demonstrates need to immediately address charter cap issues.
Read the press release about the formation of the Race to the Top Coalition.

News Accounts

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August 11, 2016, Boston Herald, Opinion, A Democrat’s case for charter schools

April 20, 2016, Salem Evening News, Editorial, Our view: State Senate's cynical 'reform' would hurt charter schools 

April 6, 2016, Boston, Opinion, No, charters aren’t ‘draining’ BPS funding

April 2, 2016, Boston, Money is at the heart of the Mass. charter debate

March 18, 2016, Boston, Editorial, A bad idea on charter schools 

February 29, 2016, Boston, Bitter fight brewing over Mass. charter school expansion

February 18, 2016, The Lowell Sun, State: 34,000 pupils on charter-school wait lists

February 3, 2016, CommonWealth, Charter battle exposes rift in teachers union

February 2, 2016, Boston, Editorial, The speaker speaks up

January 25, 2016, Boston, Editorial, Lift the charter cap

January 25, 2016, Boston, Opinion, Prepping for charter school fight: DeLeo to push expansion; Rosenberg warns of data accuracy

January 11, 2016, Boston, Editorial, Senate should step up

December 17, 2015, Boston, Opinion, Charter schools are not private schools

November 6, 2015, Wicked Local, Norwell charter school celebrates 20 years

November 3, 2015,, Opinion, Public charter schools should be allowed to expand

October 25, MetroWest Daily News, Editorial, Lift the cap on charter schools

October 21, 2015,, State data show more ELL, students with disabilities at charter schools

October 15, 2015, Eagle-Tribune, Editorial, Lifting charter cap threatens union power

October 14, 2015, CommonWealth, Why I sent my children to a charter school

October 13, 2015, AP, Gov. Baker pushing his charter school bill on Beacon Hill

October 13, 2015, Boston, Opinion, New charter schools would help close the achievement gap

October 8, 2015, WBUR, Baker Outlines Charter School Plans At Mattapan School

October 8, 2015, Boston, Baker seeks expanded charter schools

October 8, 2015, Boston, Opinion, In schools, can separate be equal? 

October 7, 2015, Boston, Opinion, Separating fog from fact on charter schools

August 19, 2015, Boston, Opinion, The changing politics of charter schools

April 20, 2015, Boston, Editorial, Charter schools take a commendable step

March 20, 2015, Boston, Study of Boston charters should open some minds

March 19, 2015, Boston, Boston’s charter schools show striking gains, Test scores surpass traditional public schools, counterparts nationwide

March 9, 2015, Boston, Charter school foes decry plans to challenge cap: Lawsuit would harm public schools, they say

March 8, 2015, Boston, Civil rights fight looms on charter schools cap: Citing burden on poor, lawyers ready challenge

November 19, 2014,, Report cites high suspension rates for charter schools

November 17, 2014,, A few lessons from Boston

November 14, 2014,, opinion, Boston’s long wait for a longer school day

October 30, 2014, Boston Business Journal, Menino's legacy: Boston business and nonprofit leaders recall mayor's vision, passion for city he loved

October 30, 2014,, Examining Menino's Record On Boston Public Schools 

October 27, 2014, CommonWealth, Boston failing thousands of students, says reform group

October 22, 2014, Sentinel & Enterprise, Proponents of Fitchburg charter school plead their case to state board

October 22, 2014,, opinion, Charting difficult Democratic waters on education reform

October 18, 2014,, Roadblock for charter schools

October 15, 2014, Boston Herald, Gubernatorial candidates criticize charter school decision

October 15, 2014, Boston Herald, editorial, Slowly killing charters

October 14, 2014,, Expansion of new charter schools hits a wall in Massachusetts

October 9, 2014, Bridge Magazine,, States of education: Massachusetts charter schools are few but mighty 

October 9, 2014, Bridge Magazine,, States of education: Ignoring outcry, Massachusetts leaders chose excellence

October 6, 2014, Boston Herald, Mixed results in Boston

October 6, 2014, Boston Herald, editorial, Bad charter change

October 3, 2014, Sentinel & Enterprise, Fitchburg public schools rise in MCAS, lowering cap on charter-school funds

October 2, 2014., Opinion, Urban education should go beyond MCAS, other standardized tests

September 29, 2014,, Opinion, UP academies raise the bar for urban schools

September 24, 2014,, Opinion, Education Commissioner Chester’s school-improvement quest

September 19, 2014,, Overhaul of Lawrence schools showing results

September 4, 2014,, Boston puts off charter school plan for Dearborn

September 3, 2014,, Mayor Martin J. Walsh expected to appoint Boston’s first chief of education

August 30, 2014,, Boston school officials this year bypass internal teacher candidates and hire outside system — at a cost

August 28, 2014,, Students who had been written off head to college

August 22, 2014,, Voters aren’t eager for more charter schools

August 20, 2014,, editorial, Rush to fill teaching jobs jeopardizes Madison Park’s turnaround

August 19, 2014,, Boston Schools Struggling To Fill Teacher Jobs As First Day Approaches

August 4, 2014,, Charter school group expands to Boston

August 3, 2014,, Charter school teachers turn to union for help

July 31, 2014, CommonWealth Magazine, A choice debate: Charter issue is about giving all families school options

July 30, 2014,, Charter-school activists may seek question on 2016 Massachusetts ballot

July 23, 2014, Bay State Banner, Charter school expansion dies in Senate

July 23, 2014,, Massachusetts Senate kills charter school expansion

July 22, 2014,, opinion, Easy, wrong, vote on charters

July 21,, editorial, Unapproving unreform

July 16, 2014,, Mass. Senate rejects bill to raise charter school limit

July 16, 2014,, Effort to lift cap on charter schools dies in Senate

July 15, 2014, Huffington Post, Raising the Cap on Charters: Who Benefits? Who Pays?

July 16, 2014, The Boston Globe, opinion, State Senate needs an honest debate about charters

July 13, 2014, MetroWest Daily News, editorial, Legislature must raise cap on charter schools

July 11, 2014, The Springfield Republican, editorial, It's time to lift the cap on charter schools in cities that need them

July 11, 2014, The Lowell Sun, editorial, Senate must codify school, charter reforms

July 10, 2014, USA Today, column, Schools choose adults over kids

July 3, 2014, Everett Independent, Pioneer Charter School of Science Recognized by Boston Foundation

July 1, 2014,, Poll finds hunger for more charter schools

June 30, 2014, Dorchester reporter, Charter backers urge Senate to act on House bill

June 24, 2014,, Panel’s vote reaffirms charter school formula  

June 23, 2014, The Lowell Sun, letters, Charter school serves all of Lowell's students  

June 15, 2014,, Boston schools look outside for money

June 14, 2014, Lowell Sun, Charter schools must play by the public-system's rules  

June 4, 2014, Education Week, Is Autonomy for All Schools the Next Wave of Reform for Boston?  

June 4, 2014, Radio Boston, Should Boston Public Schools Have More Autonomy? 

June 3, 2014, WBUR Learning Lab,Report: Boston Schools Need More Autonomy 

June 2, 2014, Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Strong standards, political air cover, and talent: Exporting the success of Boston’s charter school sector 

May 28, 2014, The Thomas B. Fordham Institute, Boston’s high-quality charters make no excuses 

May 26, 2014, The Fall River Herald News, Fall River charter, public schools working together 

May 24, 2014, The Boston Globe, editorial, John McDonough’s first task: Attract excellent principals, headmasters 

May 23, 2014,, Review finds Boston schools in disarray 

May 23, 2014,, opinion, Calling the bluff on charter schools 

May 21, 2014,, Boston schools chief insists on interim status 

May 20, 2014,, More time sought to pick Boston superintendent 

May 19, 2014, Boston Herald, editorial, Charter Compromise 

May 19, 2014, Mass, Charter school expansion bill expected to advance 

May 19, 2014,, opinion, Two school systems can be costly 

May 16 2014,, editorial, Stop the politics 

May 12, 2014, Lowell Sun, More money earmarked for charter schools 

May 9, 2014, WBUR Learning Lab, Six new education ideas from Boston EdTalks 

May 8, 2014,, Mass. school chief wants Boston superintendent job 

May 1, 2014, Boston Herald, editorial, Just raise the cap 

April 30, 2014,, editorial, Messing with success 

April 29, 2014,, Mass. Charter school formula change proposed 

April 28, 2014, Wicked Local, Holliston, Charter schools: No slowing down demand 

April 25, 2014, UMass Boston News, Paul Grogan on Crisis in Urban Education: “Moral and Economic Imperative” to Get it Right 

April 25, 2014, Commonwealth, Charter formula change draws fire 

April 23, 2014, The Boston Globe, opinion, Hold the search: McDonough is best chief for city’s schools 

April 21, 2014, The Boston Globe, Hunt for a Boston Public Schools chief accelerates  

April 2, 2014, The Boston Globe, opinion, An education model worth exploring 

April 1, 2014, USA Today, opinion, Charter school war could go national 

March 31, 2014, The Boston Globe, editorial, Patrick, Walsh should join in seeking ed-reform compromise 

March 28, 2014, WBUR, When It Comes To Charter Schools, What's The Matter With Massachusetts? 

March 28, 2014, The Boston Globe, Letters - Paul Sagan, vice chairman of Akamai Technologies, chairman,Massachusetts Business Leaders for Charter Public Schools, Resistance to charter schools stands in way of progress 

March 27, 2014,, editorial, The power of an idea 

March 27, 2014, Boston Herald, editorial, House saves the day 

March 26, 2014, The Boston Globe, House offers new plan on Mass. charter schools 

March 25, 2014,, Keller@Large: Charter School Debate Becomes Toxic 

March 25, 2014, NECN, Mass. charter school bill stalls in Legislature 

March 25, 2014, WBUR, What You Need To Know About The Charter Cap 

March 25, 2014,, Advocates want charter-school cap lifted 

March 25, 2014, The Boston Globe, Walsh kicks off ‘Mondays with the Mayor’ sessions 

March 24, 2014, Lowell Sun, Editorial, To Sen. Chang-Diaz: Don't kill reform bill 

March 24, 2014, The Boston Globe, Mass. schools require quick, dramatic change, report says 

March 24, 2014, The Boston Globe, Hundreds of parents band together to oppose charter school expansion

March 24, 2014, Gloucester Times, Impact on traditional schools fuels charter debate 

March 23, 2014,, Editorial, Wrong Answer 

March 23, 2014, The Boston Globe, Proposal to end charter deadlock on Beacon Hill raises doubts 

March 20, 2014, Boston Herald, Editorial, Cynicism on charters 

March 20, 2014, The Boston Globe, Opinion, On Beacon Hill, upskirting trumps education 

March 19, 2014, Salem Evening News, Editorial, Time to Lift the Cap on Charter Schools 

March 18, 2014, WBUR, Mass. Ed Panel Asks For More Time On Charter Bill 

March 17, 2014, Metro West Daily News, Editorial, Lift the Cap on Charter Schools 

March 17, 2014, The Boston Globe, The Podium - Samuel R. Tyler, Fiscal arguments against lifting the charter cap are over-stated 

March 16, 2014, The Eagle-Tribune, Editorial, Cash vs. kids in battle over more charter schools

March 15, 2014,, Editorial, Lift the charter school cap 

March 14, 2014,, editorial, Freedom now 

March 14, 2014, The Boston Globe, Opinion, Duncan says Mass. can’t be complacent about education 

March 14, 2014, NECN, Supporters push for bill expanding Mass. charter schools 

March 14, 2014, Boston Herald, Editorial, Winning the ed lottery 

March 14, 2014,, Holyoke, Springfield schools eyeing bill that would lift charter school cap in underperforming districts 

March 14, 2014, Cape Cod, Demand for charter schools zooms, but gubernatorial candidates have varied positions 

March 13, 2014, The Boston Globe, Editorial, Education reform has worked for Mass.; it’s time for the next round

March 13, 2014, The Boston Herald, Opinion, City kids take fall in charter school limitation battle 

March 13, 2014, The Boston Globe, Opinion, A strong pick to run schools 

March 12, 2014, South Coast Today, Guest View: Charters unfairly blamed for school districts' fiscal woes 

March 12, 2014, NECN, Broadside: Lift Mass. charter schools cap? 

March 12, 2014,, Advocates push for bill to expand Mass. charters 

March 12, 2014, WBUR, Advocates Push For Bill To Expand Mass. Charter Schools 

March 12, 2014, WBUR, Under Receiver’s Rule, Lawrence Schools Show Early Gains 

March 11, 2014, Boston Herald, Advocates push for bill to lift cap on charter schools 

March 10, 2014, WBUR, Sen. Chang-Diaz Remains Hopeful Regarding Charter School Bill 

March 9, 2014, The Boston Globe, Momentum for new charter schools stalls 

March 7, 2014, The Boston Globe, Opinion, Want a longer school day? Pay up 

February 26, 2014, The Boston Globe, State board places Dorchester charter school on probation; approves other charter school matters 

February 21, 2014, The Boston Globe, Dorchester charter school faces probation 

February 19, 2014, Gloucester Times, House panel eyes tweaks to charter school bill 

February 17, 2014, Boston Herald, Charter math lesson 

February 15, 2014, The Boston Globe, letter from Linda Noonan, For more high-tech jobs, educate students better 

February 14, 2014, The Boston Globe, letter from Massachusetts Secretary of Education Matthew Malone, State law provides for Innovation Schools 

February 10, 2014,, Mass. working on guidelines to keep kids in school 

February 6, 2014, The Boston Globe, Walsh to tap search committee for new superintendent 

February 5, 2014, The Boston Globe, McDonough warns of job cuts at School Department’s central office

February 4, 2014, The Boston Globe, Parents mobilize to protest possible cuts at schools 

February 4, 2014, The Boston Globe, The Podium, Laura Perille, Bravo for Arts Education 

February 3, 2014, The Boston Globe, State taps three non-profits to turn around schools 

February 3, 2014, The Boston Globe, One teen’s journey from the margins to a college scholarship 

January 21, 2014, The Boston Globe, Boston school department contends with shrinking state aid 

January 21, 2014, The Boston Globe, Boston Public Schools seeks more diverse teaching force 

January 6, 2014, The Dorchester Reporter, Mayor-elect Walsh names health chief and School Committee picks

January 1, 2014, The Boston Globe Opinion, Will Walsh chart a determined course for Boston schools?

December 28, 2013, Boston Herald Editorial, Mayor: Lead the way 

December 28, 2013, The Boston Globe Editorial, Trotter shows the path to school renewal 

December 12, 2013, Boston Herald Editorial, Menino, misguided 

December 2, 2013, The Boston Globe, After years of decline, Trotter School rebounds 

November 18, 2013, The Boston Globe, Boston schools improve slowly, but not enough 

November 5, 2013, The Boston Globe, Opinion, ‘Getting ready, getting in, and getting through’ college 

November 5, 2013, The Boston Globe, Opinion, Don’t patch Boston school system; reinvent it 

October 31, 2013, The Boston Globe, State to take over 4 struggling schools, including 2 in Boston 

October 30, 2013, Boston Globe, Mayoral candidates offer two paths to overhaul schools 

October 25, 2013,, Republican gubernatorial candidate Charlie Baker talks education, closing achievement gap in visit to Springfield’s Veritas Preparatory Charter School 

October 24, 2013, Boston Business Journal, The Boston Foundation rolls out another MIT charter school study today 

October 15, 2013,, Editorial: Massachusetts education bill would narrow achievement gap 

October 9, 2013, WGBH News, A Closer Look At Walsh’s Plans For Boston Public Schools 

October 3, 2013, Patriot Ledger, Group says state should OK charter school expansion 

September 30, 2013, Lowell Sun, Lowell charter school on an MCAS mission 

September 24, 2013,, Dorchester-based Boston Collegiate Charter School’s tenth-graders ranked number one in math and English on MCAS 

September 23, 2013, Boston Globe, New Boston charter schools yield high MCAS scores 

September 23, 2013, Sampan, Boston Renaissance shows significant improvement on MCAS 

September 19, 2013, Boston Globe, Two Boston schools face takeover after MCAS results 

September 19, 2013, Boston Herald Trotter Elementary succeeds, others fail 

September 18, 2013, Boston Globe, Test time for teachers union in mayor’s race 

September 12, 2013,, Charter schools dominate debate among mayoral candidates at teachers union forum 

September 10, 2013, Education Next, Boston and the Charter School Cap 

September 6, 2013, Boston Globe, Opinion, Governor Deval Patrick, chart a new course 

September 5, 2013, Bay State Banner, Students thank Mayor Thomas M. Menino for his work with Success Boston 

September 5, 2013, UMass Boston, Mayor Menino, Chancellor Motley Celebrate Success Boston at Kickoff Event 

September 4, 2013, Boston Herald Editorial,Same old charter wars 

September 4, 2013, Podium, A fresh approach to improving student outcomes 

August 22, 2013, The Boston Globe, BTU poll shows voters favor like-minded mayoral hopefuls 

August 6, 2013, Lowell Sun Online, An education in expanding Lowell’s ‘charter’ gains 

August 2, 2013, The MetroWest Daily News, Bill seeks to improve low-performing schools; Framingham changes unclear 

September 2013, Boston Magazine, A Tale of Two Schools 

July 31, 2013, The Bay State Banner, opinion, Lift the cap on charter schools 

June 29, 2013, The Herald News, GUEST OPINION: 20 years later, charter public schools closing achievement gap 

June 25, 2013, The Boston Globe, Reshaping the debate on Mass. charter schools 

June 22, 2013, Lowell Sun, Charter school bill stirring debate 

June 20, 2013, The Boston Globe, Most Boston mayoral candidates support lifting cap on charter schools 

June 16, 2013, South Coast Today, opinion, Our View: Give schools vital tool 

June 12, 2013, South Coast Today, opinion, Guest View: Law would further reduce 'the achievement gap' 

June 12, 2013, South Coast Today, Majority of New Bedford students attend sub-par schools 

June 10, 2013, The Boston Globe, opinion, Accelerate progress on education 

May 25, 2013,, editorial, Charter toppers: Broad success makes case to lift caps 

May 19, 2013,, editorial, The need for charters 

May 13, 2013, The Boston Globe, editorial, Where district schools falter, state should add more charters 

May 10, 2013, The Boston Globe, Will the city’s new mayor be pro-charter? 

May 8, 2013, The Boston Globe,Charter school advocates want cap removed in Mass. 

May 8, 2013, Boston Herald, editorial, More school reform 

May 7, 2013,, Menino, at State House, Pushes City-Controlled Charter Schools 

May 7, 2013,, Activists tell lawmakers to stay on task with education reform 

May 6, 2013, 90.9 WBUR,Push To Expand Charter Schools 

May 1, 2013,,Principal fires security guards to hire art teachers — and transforms elementary school 

Aprli 8 2013, Commonowealth, Charter numbers game 

April 3, 2013, The Boston Globe, A new actor appears on schools stage 

March 10, 2013, The Wall Street Journal, New Front in Charter Schools 

March 8, 2013,, Charter School Results Too Goo to Ignore, Scot Lehigh opinion 

January 2, 2013, More Boston schools need flexible turnaround rules, Boston Globe editorial 

Oct. 22, 2012,, Boston school officials propose converting Marshall Elementary into a charter school

Sep. 22, 2012, Boston Globe, Opinion, Failing South Boston school makes a turnaround  

Sep. 19, 2012, Boston Globe, Many schools in state lagging on MCAS  

Sep. 17, 2012, Boston Globe, Latest MCAS results reflect gains 

July 26, 2012,, State receives 22 proposals to open charter schools 

June 5, 2012, WBUR-FM, Boston turnaround school makes significant progress 

April 24, 2012, Boston Globe, Advocates seeking more charter schools  

Nov. 10, 2011, Boston Globe, Reforms pivotal for struggling schools  

Sep. 21, 2011,, Underperforming schools show MCAS improvement 

February 7, 2011,, Rise of the charter schools 

Aug. 26, 2010, Boston Globe, editorial, For Mass., reform bears fruit

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