Save the Date: Look Before You Leap: Lessons for the Next Wave of Education Reform from the Last Twenty Years

Mon, 09/16/2013

I will be hosting a conversation about education reform, “Look Before You Leap: Lessons for the Next Wave of Ed Reform from the Last Twenty Years,” in your community.

Wednesday, Sept. 25, 6 pm at the Winchester Library
Wednesday, Oct. 2, 6 pm at the Medford Public Library
Thursday, Oct. 3, 6 pm at Somerville Community Access TV
Thursday, Oct. 10, 6 pm at the Cambridge Library (Main)

As we approach a new wave of reform with Common Core standards, a new, bigger battery of tests, and proposals to lift the cap on charter schools, now is an appropriate time to look back and reflect on the last wave. This last wave began 20 years ago with the Education Reform Act of 1993, which increased state funding for education, and introduced both MCAS requirements and charter schools.

Citizens for Public Schools released a report in June on what has happened with our students during those 20 years. The report can be found online at Citizens for Public Schools will make a short presentation about their report, which will be followed by an open discussion between presenters and attendees. The forum aims to involve in the discussion the people most affected: students, teachers, parents. All are welcome to attend.

If you have any questions or comments you may contact Sara Doherty at 617-722-1578 or

Co-Sponsors Include:

Senator Katherine Clark
Winchester School Committee
Winchester Education Association
Sharon Guzik
Representative Paul Donato
Representative Sean Garballey
Representative Carl Sciortino
Representative Denise Provost
Somerville School Committee
Somerville Teachers Association
Somerville 4 Schools
The Duhamel Education Initiative
The Center for Teen Empowerment
Progress Together for Somerville
Immigrant Service Providers Group
Senator Sal DiDomenico
Representative Marjorie Decker
Representative Dave Rogers
Representative Jonathan Hecht
Representative Jay Livingstone
Representative Timothy Toomey
The Office of Cambridge Mayor Henrietta Davis
Cambridge Education Association
Boston Teacher's Union