Accomplishments

 

  • Worked closely with Race to the Top Coalition to a) achieve legislative reform education act in 2010, including an increase in the charter cap, creating of new in-district charter schools and innovation schools, and aggressive action on failing schools; b) redesign of Race to the Top federal proposal resulting in $250 million grant to further school reform efforts; and c) help detailed implementation plans with the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education to ensure better teacher evaluation effectiveness and curriculum design. 

 

  • Provided principal support and mentorship through the Lynch Leadership Academy, a year long program that connects potential principals with high level business and civic leaders in the city for mentorship and coaching.  

 

  • Engaged actively in several Boston grass roots coalitions interested in a better Boston teacher contract, including effective evaluation, flexibility in teacher placement, an extended learning time program for all students, and more freedom for successful schools to explore school choice.

 

  • Supported and helped negotiate 2012 proposed amendments to the 2010 legislative reform bill between Stand for Children and the Massachusetts Teachers Association to ensure a) student achievement as the primary goal in teacher hiring and retention and b) “mutual consent” in teacher placement in schools.  This resulted in the recent amendment to the 2010 education bill signed by the governor at the end of June. 

 

  • Supported individual initiatives by many BLE members to improve individual district schools, encourage strong independent charter schools (including the six new ones in Boston), push district-wide programs and encourage the district to move more quickly on reform agendas such as evaluation and outplacement of poor teachers, adopting in-district charters, closes surplus schools, revising student placement to reduce transportation costs, etc.  

BLE members have volunteered hundreds of hours at local schools throughout the Commonwealth supporting students and school leadership through mentorship and tutoring