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Commonwealth Magazine | January 9, 2018
This year marks a significant milestone in the state’s rich history of leadership in education. It was 25 years ago that Massachusetts officials came together to pass the landmark Education Reform Act of 1993. With a huge infusion of new funding, much of it directed at districts educating lots of...
The Salem News | January 7, 2018
While it takes a village to raise a child, school officials are launching a campaign to help the village with the child's education as well. A confluence of programs are coming together in a new Salem Public Schools initiative called "Our Salem, Our Kids." Through it, the support of the...
City of Providence | December 21, 2017
Providence, RI- Mayor Jorge O. Elorza today announced that the Providence School Board formally approved the hiring of six school culture coordinators at a special public meeting held at the Providence Public School District’s offices last night. School culture coordinators represent a new initiative by Mayor Elorza and the school...
Telegram News: Worcester, MA | December 6, 2017
As the state’s secretary of education from 2008 to 2013, Paul Reville oversaw a public system that, thanks in part to landmark reform adopted in the early 1990s, was producing student success that ranked among the best in the nation.
San Francisco Chronicle | November 17, 2017
LeAna Powell considered buying life insurance for her first-born son because she had seen too many black males killed in Oakland and didn’t want to be among the countless mothers she knew who struggled to pay for a funeral. It never occurred to her to plan for his college education,...
Stanford Social Innovation Review | November 15, 2017
Libby Schaaf’s career—first as an attorney, then running a nonprofit, and now as mayor of Oakland—is the journey of a cross-sector leader. Mayor Libby Schaaf’s career wound its way through multiple sectors, starting when she was an attorney at the city’s largest law firm, always seeking a way to make...
CityLab | November 15, 2017
Mayors have to demonstrate extraordinary network leadership to expand their reach and impact beyond the limits of their formal powers. Successful mayors are able to articulate a clear vision and recruit a range of public and private sector partners to implement city improvement strategies. For example, though he did not...
Usable Knowledge | November 14, 2017
Political leaders at all levels, in all parties, continually pledge to expand opportunity and close gaps caused by poverty and inequality. But what would it take to really deliver on those promises? One approach is to put children at the center of these aspirations and to align community services and...
HGSE News | November 9, 2017
In an era of widespread disagreement on education reform, increased confidence in local control of education, and the absence of a dominant theory on where reform goes from here, visionary mayors are emerging as leaders of thought and action in defining a new role for municipalities to play in developing...
Speak United Blog | October 24, 2017
In 2013-14, the Salem school district was in crisis. The schools’ ranking was at a level 4, one of the lowest performing levels in a scale from 1 to 5. Almost 60% of the student population came from economically disadvantaged homes and nearly 70% were considered high needs students—an inequity...

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