My #MAEdu list of things DESE could be doing rather than drawing up and arguing floor plans for *our* buildings that we know better than they do:
I'll be adding to this.
(All of these submitted under my firm belief that there *is* actually a role for the state here, and...
... further that there *are* people who work in Malden who want to do right by kids and educators, and who have real skills on which we should draw. I know those views aren't shared by all, but they are mine.)
Not in any particular order:
1. Go back to Vice Chair Morton's question from May and say YES, we need a firm push from the Board (we have one for a reason) on actual full funding of school districts NOW. Having us all play these planning games in the dark is ridiculous and impractical.
I'll put together a post on this, but let's be entirely fair and just share the material:
Each week, the #MAedu Commissioner sends out an On the Desktop message to all superintendents in the state along with all DESE staff. It then is posted on the website the following week.
Note that by virtue of both the Commissioner's position and the positions of those to whom he sends it, this communication is a public document.
This week, the Commissioner included the following presentation regarding classroom arrangements under the state guidance. I have posted it here: dropbox.com/s/w5zsm7kdlzpv…
Again, it is not yet on DESE's website, so you're going to have to take my word that this is what it is.
How is it that I haven’t read this til now? #mapoli must read!
(Okay, I always intended to tweet about this!) #amreading
What’s it about? Route 128
“...demonstrates the reorientation of modern liberalism and the Democratic Party away from their roots in the labor union halls of northern cities, and towards white-collar suburbanites in the postindustrial metropolitan periphery.”
Since the conference committee will not, it appears, release an agreed-upon version of the #StudentOpportunityAct this week, here’s an #FBRC thread from yesterday’s #70on70 presentation, #MAEdu
(This isn’t all the slides, just the SOA ones):
I do think that it is crucial to note that the main source of disagreement LAST session—which was both most of the money and most of the equity—was simply agreed to this session (and if you are not writing about that, you in my opinion are missing the story):
I can’t emphasize enough that all the goal numbers are PRE-INFLATIONARY, so these are not going to be the actual FY27 dollar amounts.
As one who sympathizes with the "tell us all of it right now" types, let's talk through why the Governor thought this #MAEdu spreadsheet drop was going to be a bombshell and why we shouldn't let it be.
First, as has repeatedly said by many, including both @RepAlicePeisch and @SenJasonLewis (and me), local REQUIRED contributions are, yes, going to go up.
But check your budgets: the number of districts in the state that aren't ALREADY well in excess of foundation can be counted on about one hand.
TBH, I feel as though no one ever has tackled the dual nature of his bill (aka: there’s some reasonable language changes in there that clearly are DESE Finance not wanting us to have to pass the language in the budget every year) BUT the Governor doesn’t, either, so—