Teachable Moments

My Letter to the Editor of the Lexington Minuteman was published in the March 15th edition. From labor protests at the turn of the 20th century to civil rights demonstrations and war protests of the 1960s and 1970s, walkout demonstrations are a familiar part of American history. Often stirring, sometimes effective, and always disruptive, it’s … Continue reading Teachable Moments

Workers’ Rights

I might’ve entitled this post, “Thank God For Unions”, because I’d been drawn to the teachers’ strike playing out in West Virginia and hearing of a pending teachers’ strike in Oklahoma. For days, thousands of WV public school educators refused to teach because they were getting lousy benefits. Their salaries ranked 48th in the nation (an average of … Continue reading Workers’ Rights

Melt ICE

I joined a group of activists in Burlington last weekend for a protest and rally outside the field office of the Boston Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE, their field area is all six New England states). We were there to protest the Trump administration's immigration detention and deportation agenda. Fabiano de'Oliveira had been released … Continue reading Melt ICE

Fair Share Amendment

The Supreme Judicial Court (SJC) heard arguments yesterday on the Fair Share Amendment. Opponents of the measure want the justices to determine whether or not the proposal falls within the scope of ballot initiatives, as specified in Article 48 of our state's constitution. Our schools lack the foundation funding necessary to provide all students with … Continue reading Fair Share Amendment

Charter School Redux

We're nearing the end of "charter school season" and await the recommendations of the Acting Commissioner to see if any are advanced to the Board for approval later this month. Some criticize charter schools for not educating all children, those with special needs or who are English language learners, in particular. Others say that charters … Continue reading Charter School Redux