Category Archives: Massachusetts

Voters Don’t Always Think Linearly: The Coakley/Brown Edition

And, as always, people have to like this crap. I recently finished Ryan Grim’s We’ve Got People–which is excellent–and I came across this bad memory of Martha Coakley’s Massachusetts failed senate candidacy. To set the stage, after Massachusetts senator Ted … Continue reading

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Charters And Following The Money

Recently, a broad coalition of groups, including the NAACP, sued the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (God save it!) to prevent the state from lifting the cap on the number of charter schools. If you want to know what motivates many supporters, … Continue reading

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Some NAEP Thoughts

The NAEP (The National Assessment of Educational Progress) released the 2015 scores, and, surprisingly, the ensuing discussion was calm and supported with rigorous data-analysis. HA HA! I make the funny! Not so much, but that’s not what this post is … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Proposes a Millionaire’s Tax

Over two years ago, when I lived in Massachusetts, I proposed a 10% income tax on every dollar over $780,000 (at the time, Massachusetts had a flat tax of 5.25%): With those assumptions, I find that overall income tax revenues … Continue reading

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The Unasked Question About Sen. Warren’s Opposition To The TPP

President Obama’s recent mansplaining to Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren about the TPP reeks of desperation: if there is one lawyer in the Senate with the brains to understand the Trans-Pacific Partnership (‘TPP) trade agreement, it would be Warren, even under … Continue reading

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Some Thoughts on Charter Schools

So Monday’s post seemed to set off the charter school advocates. I’ll blame instructor error, but the little Twitter storm that erupted didn’t seem to deal with the larger–and factually accurate–claim that Massachusetts built one of the best educational systems … Continue reading

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The Faith in the Not Seen Evidence For Education Reform

To use a phrase. One of the most infuriating things regarding education reform has been its ongoing and slow-motion implementation in Massachusetts. Massachusetts, certainly circa 2010, had an educational system worth emulating nationally–something I repeatedly have argued for: adopt the … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Regains Sanity Regarding Teacher Licensure

A while ago, we discussed the stupidity of a Massachusetts proposal to tie teacher licenses to teacher evaluations. Not employment at a particular school, but the ability to teach anywhere. Good news: the state pulled the proposal. Again, it’s worth … Continue reading

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The Educational Crisis of Absenteeism

We’ve discussed before how missing school has a significant effect on student achievement, which can be greater than teacher effects. Not surprising–not only can’t a teacher teach when the student isn’t there, but chronic absenteeism often suggests health problems or … Continue reading

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Massachusetts Continues to Dismantle Its World-Class Educational System

When we last checked in on the Commonwealth of Massachusetts (God save it!), we observed that teachers were being drowned in administrative work and subject to ridiculous teacher evaluation procedures. Well, now we learn that Massachusetts is proposing to pull … Continue reading

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