“Election 2012 & the American Experiment” – What does this election mean for the future of our country?
Everyone has an opinion, but the keynote speaker at our upcoming Better Government Competition Awards Dinner, Michael Barone, is one of the country's top experts on the political landscape. He's a veteran of 20 political conventions, co-author of the Almanac of American Politics, and best-selling political historian. Come hear his analysis, while supporting the worthy cause of government reform. Get your tickets to our annual Better Government Competition Awards Dinner (9/24) today and share the link: bit.ly/PH4mmS
Back to School!
Pioneer's been one of the loudest voices in Massachusetts, and increasingly, across the country, on behalf of high-quality educational options for all schoolchildren. That means maintaining high academic standards in our public schools, and helping children stuck in failing district schools access better options, like charter schools.
High Standards: Join us for a breakfast forum on Sept. 19th, “Why Huck Finn Matters: Classic Literature in Schooling” featuring Pulitzer-winning Twain biographer Ron Powers (co-author, Flags of Our Fathers), Harvard's Jocelyn Chadwick, author of The Jim Dilemma: Reading Race in Huckleberry Finn, Mark Bauerlein, Emory Professor, and a distinguished panel of national education experts who will discuss the Common Core national education standards.
Giving Families a Choice: This year we want to see the successes of the Boston charter schools exported to more communities throughout the state, like Lawrence, where the dropout rate is nearly 50%, and Brockton, where student performance is in the lowest 10th percentile in the state. Read Jim Stergios' op-ed in Sunday's Lawrence Eagle-Tribune, and read this Boston Globe article on the proposed new SABIS charter school in Brockton.
Comparing Your Town's Education Spending: Check out your local Patch.com (like Somerville, Lexington, Framingham) for a great article on education spending, that draws on data from our new municipal finance utility. You can use our utility to select the metrics you want to compare, and the spreadsheet will find up to 15 communities with similar characteristics. Give it a try, and let us know what you think!
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