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BUS Coalition’s Final Event a Success

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Boston United for Students (BUS) held its final event as a coalition, exploring Student Leadership and School Desegregation in Boston Public Schools. The event, held at Freedom House in Dorchester, was attended by over fifty parents, students, teachers, and community members. Boston State Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz and Boston City Councilors Tito Jackson and Ayanna Pressley, as well as Mayor Walsh’s newly-appointed Chief of Education Rahn Dorsey, were also in attendance.

MCAS scores are OUT

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The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education today released the 2014 school and district MCAS results and commended 42 schools statewide for their high achievement, high progress, and/or narrowing proficiency gaps. To read the press release on the recent MCAS scores please click here.

McDonough and BPS officials Recommend Full Implementation of PARCC

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At Wednesday night’s School Committee meeting, Boston Public Schools’ senior officials recommended that all schools in the district implement the PARCC test for grades 3 through 8 and 11 in this upcoming school year.

Your opinion matters!

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We are beginning a two-year legislative session for 2015-2016, it’s critical we hear from you. We want to find out what your thoughts are on the current policies that you, our members, helped us identify last year. Giving us your thoughts, questions, and feedback will help ensure that Stand for Children Massachusetts is advocating for policy changes that are important and resonate with you, our members. Click here to take the survey.

Stand members learn the facts on Immigration laws

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Today, Stand for Children Massachusetts in partnership with the Josephine Fiorentino Community Center held an immigration lawyer question and answer session, where more than 25 members and guests attended to speak with Carmen Bello from Immigration Law Office of Carmen Bello.

Back to School

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As August winds down, and families across the Commonwealth are getting ready for #backtoschool here at Stand for Children Massachusetts, we couldn’t be more excited.

This is a wonderful time of year for so many different reasons. It is a time for parents to continue to see their children transform into young adults; teachers to meet new students and introduce them to new subjects; and most importantly it is a time our children get to grow into our country’s next generation of leaders. Needless to say, our #backtoschool spirit is in full swing.

A Members driven campaign

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At the last Boston School Committee meeting, STAND members delivered testimony and over 360 signatures requesting that the School Site Council (SSC) manual be translated into additional languages. Here is a little context why our members are so passionate about these translations.

The campaign originated a few months back, STAND was hosting STAND UP, an eight week parent engagement class, across the city. One particular lesson focused on parent-school relationships and highlighted SSCs as an important and effective tool for parents to have their voices heard.

Springfield Member Leaders Graduate from Training

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On Tuesday, July 29, eight STAND members from the North End in Springfield graduated from their Member Leader training program and became official Member Leaders. In addition to each recruiting five new members for their teams, Member Leaders must complete six training sessions (Explaining Stand for Children, Understanding the Leader Role, Telling Your Story, Understanding Power, Understanding Issues, and Persuasive Communication) to understand STAND's mission and strategy and how to recruit and engage members on their teams.

Boston & Springfield members in the community

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This week Boston STAND members attended the Boston Public Schools committee meeting and delivered testimony asking for the School Site Council manuals to be translated into Spanish and Haitian Creole—the two most common languages spoken other than English in Boston Public Schools.

Ensuring educational standards for our future

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Recently Stand for Children Massachusetts' Executive Director Jason Williams submitted an op-ed on the benefits of PARCC and Common Core to the Boston Business Journal.

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