Tag Archives: school choice

Join Pioneer for Special Film Screenings of “Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams”

We hope you’ll join Pioneer Institute next week during Catholic Schools week for a screening of “Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams,” a new documentary about our education system. “Big Sacrifices, Big Dreams” profiles four American families, two of which are from Massachusetts. Their pursuit of educational opportunity is impeded by so-called Blaine Amendments, which prohibit state money from supporting families sending…

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In Herald, Jim Stergios Tells Sonia Chang Diaz to Stop Blocking Charter Schools

Writing in today’s Boston Herald, Jim Stergios, of the Pioneer Institute, implores Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz to stop blocking charter schools in Boston. Boston parents who want to send their children to a charter school represent thousands of votes for or against her. She should be advancing the interests of the children and families in the neighborhoods she represents. That…

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A unique public-charter partnership to save a failing Lawrence school

In January of 2012 the Commonwealth of Massachusetts put the Lawrence Public School system into state receivership.  Deval Patrick appointed Jeff Riley as the receiver/superintendent of the system.  One of Riley’s first challenges was what to do with the chronically underperforming Arlington School.  Riley took a unique approach, allowing the high performing Community Day Charter system to take over management…

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BHI releases 11th annual state competitiveness index: MA back on top

BOSTON – (March 1, 2012) Massachusetts regained the top spot on the 11th Annual Beacon Hill Institute’s State Competitiveness Report. Last year the Bay State ranked third behind Colorado and North Dakota, which finished first last year. Longstanding strengths in human resources, technology and openness buoyed Massachusetts. The BHI competitiveness index is based on a set of 44 indicators divided…

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