CPS Board Member Tracy Novick: “Is Mitchell Chester Listening?”

Tracy Novick

“In order to understand the concerns around overtesting, the commissioner is going to have to listen. He’s going to need to listen to students like Board of Education student representative Donald Willyard, who reported at the meeting that students at his school had already spent the better part of a week taking a practice test. He’ll need to listen to students as young as kindergartners who know that they dare not make noise at recess, or sing during music class, or applaud a classmate’s presentation during MCAS time. He’ll need to hear from students whose language abilities do not match their math abilities, yet who are assessed in a language not native to them. He’ll need to listen to students who have fewer field trips, less recess time, less developmentally appropriate activities, all due to the almighty MCAS.” Click here for full Worcester Telegram article.    → Read More

CPS forum with Congressman Capuano, Oct. 6

Congressman Mike Capuano
Citizens for Public Schools and Tufts University’s
Tisch College of Citizenship and Public Service Present

Congressman Michael Capuano
with Senator Pat Jehlen and CPS’s Lisa Guisbond


“With Test Resistance Rising Nationwide, What’s Next for Federal Education Policy?”

When: October 6, 2014, 6 to 8:30 p.m. (Light refreshments at 6 p.m.; program starts at 6:30 p.m.)
Where: Perry and Marty Granoff Music Center, 20 Talbot Avenue, Medford, MA 02155.
For more information and to register online or become a sponsor, click here.
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What is “Families for Excellent Schools”?

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For information on the latest deep-pockets, out-of-state organization with a pro-charter school agenda to set up shop in Boston, joining Stand for Children and Democrats for Education Reform, read this new fact sheet from Citizens for Public Schools. Click here.   → Read More

Less Testing, More Learning MA Campaign

testing is not teaching

Citizens for Public Schools, along with teachers, parents, and other community members, is launching a statewide campaign to roll back high-stakes testing in Massachusetts.

We will:

  • hold forums and other actions this fall,
  • settle on specific demands over the next few months,
  • present them to the state Board of Elementary and Secondary Education and the legislature.
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CPS Report Looks at the Facts on MA Charter Schools

kids-chalkboardCPS’s June 2013 report, Twenty Years After Education Reform: Choosing a Path Forward To Equity and Excellence For All, includes a chapter devoted to the facts on charter schools in Massachusetts. Click here to download the full report. (See Chapter 4 for information on charter schools.) Click here to download the executive summary.    → Read More