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The Results are in for MCAS and PARCC


The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released both the MCAS and preliminary PARCC results yesterday. According to the MCAS scores, increases were seen in the percentage of students who scored ‘proficient’ or higher in almost every grade and subject. Results also demonstrated the narrowing of achievement gaps between white students and students of color, in both math and ELA.

Tell Our Legislators to Act on Pre-K Legislation!


Yesterday was an inspirational day. Parents from across the Commonwealth traveled to the State House in support of the Pre-K for MA campaign bill S.267/H.462, to expand access to high-quality Pre-K in Massachusetts. Two of our parents delivered testimony before the Joint Committee on Education in support of leveling the playing field for all children and helping to close the achievement gap.

Change Your Picture for Pre-K


This is a big week for the future of education in Massachusetts.

This Wednesday, September 16, the Massachusetts Joint Education Committee will be hearing testimony on early education, including An Act Ensuring High Quality Pre-Kindergarten Education. This legislation would expanding access to high-quality Pre-K to all underperforming districts across the Commonwealth – a crucial step in leveling the playing field and closing achievement gaps for our youngest students.

Boston Member in Back-to-School Feature


Ursula Allston-Hill, one of our leading Boston members, recently spoke with Lauren Sandherr, Stand’s National Marketing and Communications Coordinator, about her plans and goals for the coming school year. Ursula’s daughter, Kyrah, is starting first grade in Boston Public Schools next week, and she joined Ursula for the conversation, sharing her expectations and goals for the coming school year.

We Can Do Better!


My five-year-old daughter is what matters most to me, and like all Massachusetts parents, I want what is best for her. That includes her education, and quality Pre-K is a great first step.

Just like more than 17,000 other Massachusetts kids, my daughter was stuck on a waiting list before her number was picked for her Pre-K program. We can do better than to let 17,000 kids – most of whom will not get in – wait for the early education that they need to succeed.

Exciting News from the State House


Great news, the Legislature has restored crucial funding to kindergarten programs and early education. This funding will have a positive impact on the lives of untold Massachusetts students.

Countless supporters spoke out in favor of restoring funding to our youngest students, funding that will shape their education and put them on the right track to succeed. Over $17.5 million in funding was restored to full-day kindergarten programs, and $500,000 was restored for other early education programs.

Seeing the Sights and Making a Difference


Earlier this month, Stand for Children members from the East Boston and Roxbury/Dorchester teams joined Stand organizers for a Boston Resource Scavenger Hunt. The event was designed to learn about the multitude of wonderful education resources our city has to offer.

We need your help!


Late last week Governor Baker vetoed two key pieces of the legislature's proposed FY16 state budget. These cuts will have a significant impact on the quality of early education that our students so desperately need.

We need your help. Please take one minute and CONTACT YOUR LEGISLATORS to urge them to restore $17,589,713 to protect critical kindergarten expansion funding and $500,000 for preschool partnerships.

Parents take a stand in support of PARCC


Earlier this week the final public forum on the Partnership for the Assessment of College and Careers (PARCC) was held by the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education. These forums were held at the request of Governor Baker and Lt. Governor Polito, to get feedback from members of the public and education experts on whether Massachusetts should sunset MCAS and adopt PARCC as the state test.

School's out...let's do something meaningful!


Yesterday was the first day of summer vacation for Boston Public Schools (BPS). Instead of going to the local pool or library, I decided that my grandchildren, Anthony and Azzie, would spend the day with me and my fellow Stand for Children members from across Boston to canvass Boston Common as we collected ‘Voices of Support’ for the Pre-K for MA campaign.

Will you add your name to the Voices of Support? Join me and sign your name today.