Author Archives: mdawson

PIONEER INFOGRAPHIC: Will More Government-Directed Healthcare in Mass. Really Contain Costs?


As Governor Patrick signs a new healthcare law today aimed at cost containment, expect soaring rhetoric assuring all that Massachusetts has "cracked the code on healthcare costs." Unfortunately, with no debate on the underlying bill in the House of Representatives and only little debate in the State Senate, the 349-page statute, which was released just 14 hours before the legislative…

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Big pay for retired educators rehired by schools

Watch this video clip of Pioneer’s Steve Poftak on Fox25’s morning news show: Teachers “double-dipping”: MyFoxBOSTON.com Double-dipping educators

Big pay for retired educators rehired by schools Updated: Tuesday, 08 Nov 2011, 8:59 AM EST

Published : Monday, 07 Nov 2011, 8:16 AM EST    Mike Beaudet

   www.twitter.com/channel_mike Producer Kevin Rothstein (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com) – Retired school teachers and…

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Inspector Clouseau-style accountability in Lawrence Public Schools

( – promoted by Rob “EaBo Clipper” Eno) http://boston.com/community/bl…

Cross-posted on Jim Stergios’ Rock the Schoolhouse blog on Boston.com and on Pioneer’s blog I noted two weeks ago that recent MCAS data don’t tell a pretty story on urban achievement gaps. Since 2007, the Commonwealth’s performance on national (so-called NAEP) assessments is not so great, flatlining for almost every subject…

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We Need More Transparency

From Jim Stergios: In all the excitement over the launch of www.massopenbooks.com, some have pitted our efforts against those currently underway in the State Treasurer’s office and the Executive Office of Administration and Finance.  Nothing is further from the truth.   Pioneer has been pushing the transparency rock up Beacon Hill (feels more like a mountain) for years.  We look…

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