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The Coalition is pleased to announce that An Act to Further Narrow the Achievement Gap has been filed in both the House and the Senate. These bills are very similar to the bills that the Coalition filed in past sessions.

With a new legislative session, a new Governor and a new Senate President, we are excited and optimistic about the prospects of a renewed conversation about education reform, one where the Coalition’s goal of closing the achievement gap in Massachusetts and improving outcomes for every student in the Commonwealth’s public schools is once again an important part of the agenda on Beacon Hill. 

With strong leadership, and with the support of this Coalition, we are hopeful that we can pass significant reforms as part of the 2015-2016 legislative session. The bills filed this year are very similar to the bills that the Coalition filed in past sessions.

In the coming weeks, we will be monitoring the appointment of committee chairs in the legislature, as well as scheduling a meeting of the Coalition to discuss the legislative strategy for the coming months. At that time, we will be asking all of you to renew your participation in the Coalition, as well as actively looking to bring even more civic, business, and grassroots leaders and organizations in as partners. If you have any immediate questions please feel free to contact Mary Jo Meisner or Keith Mahoney.

Read An Act to Further Narrow the Achievement Gap.

Read a section-by-section summary of An Act to Further Narrow the Achievement Gap.


Unprecedented Editorial Endorsements

The new bill contains the same elements of the 2013 bill that was endorsed by virtually every major newspaper in the Commonwealth, including:

The Boston Globe   The New Bedford Standard-Times 
The Boston Herald The Springfield Republican
The Worcester Telegram and Gazette    The Fall River Herald News 
The Lowell Sun    The MetroWest Daily News 
The Bay State Banner    The Lawrence Eagle Tribune 

 

Read additional news coverage and editorials in support of the 2013 bill.


Additional Resources

The Drain Game: Six Easily Overlooked Facts about the Charter School Financial Impact on the Boston Public Schools.

What’s Behind the Boston School Department’s Fiscal 2015 Budget Shortfall?, by Sam Tyler, Boston Municipal Research Bureau.




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