Thursday, November 10, 2016

A few more Question 2 points

MassLive does a "what's next for ed reform" article. I'll admit to a smidge of joy that we finally got "ed reform" to mean "privatizer" rather than the sunshine, rainbows, and ponies they've been trying to sell us for some time. The thing that is most telling here, though, is the interviews with state officials. Auditor Bump, Attorney General Healey, and Senate President Rosenberg all pivot immediately to "now it's time to work for all kids" and mention funding. The Governor? He apparently still hasn't seen the foundation budget review commission report.

The Globe report--which, glory hallelujah, is fair--gets a "game over on cap lift" from both Rosenberg and Speaker DeLeo (who you'll recall supported question 2), which I hope like heck means we can once and for all dispense with that being tied to ANYthing.

However, MassLive talked to Governor Baker Wednesday, and he said this:
Baker said the Springfield model is one that could be done in other cities. Districts could also look at efforts in Lawrence to lengthen school days. Charter schools will also continue to be part of the mix.
"We're going to ... make sure we continue to work on this," Baker said. "In a state obviously where so many of our schools and so many of our school districts are national leaders, it's really important we make sure all our kids have those kinds of opportunities."
If you're wondering where you've heard that before, that would be our friends from the spring in Third Way Ed, who did a presentation at the ICA  that Edushyster looks at here. Short version: if your concern is for local schools with local voices at the table and appropriate funding, this isn't your answer, either.

The Foundation Budget Review Commission report is here, though, Governor Baker. You should read it.
That's what's next.

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