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Website Helps Illustrate Benefits of PARCC Exam


A new section on the Future Read MA website offers parents and Massachusetts residents alike a number of educational resources on the benefits of Mass Curriculum Frameworks-aligned exams, such as PARCC. The website is complemented by a number of graphics that the Future Ready MA has released in recent weeks, illustrating a number of reasons why these exams are crucial for measuring our kids’s progress on the path to college and career.

New Bedford Standard Times Supports Push for Pre-K


In an editorial yesterday, the New Bedford Standard Times stated its support for expanding access to high-quality pre-k for students in Massachusetts. Following a visit from members of the Pre-K for MA coalition, the paper’s editorial outlined a number of reasons why support for expanded access to Pre-K is so important.

Stand CEO Writes: Parents Should Welcome the New Common Core Tests


“Ignore the left- and right-wing noise machines: the new tests being introduced to kids across the country are valuable,” wrote Jonah Edelman, CEO of Stand for Children. In a recent column for The Daily Beast, Edelman highlighted many of the benefits that the new tests, including PARCC, have versus older tests that are not aligned with the Common Core State Standards.

Members in Action: Ursula Allston-Hill


Stand Massachusetts has a dedicated group of concerned citizens who want to ensure that all children have access to, and are prepared for college, no matter what their ZIP code or income level is. We want to recognize these amazing members and leaders in a new Members in Action series, beginning with Ursula Allston-Hill from Roxbury.

Ursula is a Stand Member Leader on the Dorchester/Mattapan team, and also serves on the Policy Committee at the Orchard Garden K-8 School where her daughter, Kyrah, currently attends a K2 program.

Congratulations to Paul Sagan


Stand for Children Massachusetts congratulates Paul Sagan on his newly appointed role as Chair of the Massachusetts Board of Education. We look forward to attending the MCAS and PARCC public forums and providing the Board of Elementary and Secondary Education with the information they need to help move us in the right direction.

BPS Has a New Superintendent: Dr. Tommy Chang


Late Tuesday evening, the Boston School Committee voted for Dr. Tommy Chang as the next superintendent of Boston Public Schools.

Springfield Members Get a Taste of the Empowerment Zone


Last night Stand’s Springfield Members met with Massachusetts Preparatory Network Co-Founder Ryan Scallon to discuss the work they plan to accomplish in the year ahead. As part of the Empowerment Zone, Mass Prep will work with the Kennedy Middle School, which is one of the eight middle schools that has been designated as underperforming.

Moving Toward Better Early Education


Study after study has demonstrated the benefits of high-quality pre-k, as it is a crucial time for both physical and cognitive development in children.

Research shows that high-quality pre-k, particularly for disadvantaged children, can have a tremendous impact on school readiness and children’s future academic and economic success. Investing in pre-k produces wide-ranging benefits for children, families, schools, and society at large.

Elsa Flores, Stand’s 2015 Member of the Year


Congratulations to Elsa Flores a proud mother of two sons who attend the Otis Elementary School in East Boston and a dedicated Member Leader at Stand for Children Massachusetts. Elsa has been a staunch advocate not only for her sons’ education, but for the education of all children in Massachusetts.

Elsa’s dedication to Stand, and her wonderful volunteer work throughout 2014, was the driving force for her being named Stand for Children Massachusetts’ Member of the Year at the 2015 Member Summit.