Thanks to All for a Successful 30th Anniversary Event!

CPS Past President Paula Parnagian, current President Ann O'Halloran, Executive Director Marilyn Segal, and Board Members Norma Shapiro and Julie Johnson, from left to right.

CPS’s 30th Anniversary Celebration was vibrant and meaningful.  Over a hundred supporters gathered, sharing hors d’oeuvres and conversation.  Those who were there at the birth of CPS celebrated alongside our newest activists and friends.

The high points of the evening were the awards to those whose efforts marked the beginning, middle and current efforts of CPS to promote, protect and preserve public education.

Rep. Byron Rushing’s 1980s work opposing an amendment to the Massachusetts Constitution that would have allowed public aid to private schools resonates with CPS efforts since 1982 to understand, inform and resist ongoing efforts to privatize all aspects of public education.

The stalwart Gloucester plaintiffs have been resisting the imposition of a charter school for over two years.  They’re on the front lines of a struggle that is affecting communities across Massachusetts and the nation.

Ruth Kaplan understood from the very beginning that high stakes testing would be detrimental to many students. Moving from local activist, to Brookline School Committee member and currently serving on the Board of Education, she speaks out strongly and explicitly about the damage that high stakes testing has caused our system of public education.

Thanks again to all who worked so hard or contributed to make the event a success and to all who joined us to celebrate.