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Result Driven Reform

  • Education Reform Act of 1993

    In June of 1993, the Massachusetts legislature passed the Education Reform Act, an omnibus school reform bill based largely upon MBAE’s “Every Child a Winner.” This act led to the development of the state’s curriculum frameworks to set uniform standards ultimately measured by the MCAS exam; introduced charter schools; and created the Chapter 70 – the system for state investment in public school education.
  • Every Child Achieving

    MBAE continued to monitor and assess the implementation of the Education Reform Act. “<a href="/uploads/27052010104846EveryChildAchieving.pdf" target="_n">Every Child Achieving</a>” was a final review of the bill’s implementation. The report applauded the state’s successes while highlighting the significant work that still remained. In the report MBAE called for improved teacher preparation, an effective accountability system, and a comprehensive evaluation of education reform implementation.
  • Just for the Kids

    MBAE brought the Just for the Kids’ (JFTK) program to Massachusetts with the launch of a website to disseminate clear, comprehensible school comparison data and to demonstrate how data can highlight the effective practices that support student achievement. When the national program concluded in 2009, MBAE worked with New York and New Jersey to establish a new resource – <b>Know Your Schools</b>, which will be introduced in early 2010.
  • Reform at 15

    Leaders involved in drafting and passing the Education Reform Act of 1993 reflected on this milestone and discussed the challenges that lie ahead. Panelists included MBAE Co-Founder Paul Reville; former House and Senate Chairs of the Education Committee, Mark Roosevelt and Tom Birmingham; and former president of the American Federation of Teachers – Massachusetts, Kathy Kelly.
  • Educating a 21st CenturyWorkforce: A Call to Action On High School Reform

    HighSchoolreformMeeting the challenge of preparing all students for college and career will require changes in the way high schools are structured. Increasingly, students disengage from schools when they fail to see connections between what is being taught in the classroom and their own personal goals and postsecondary plans. MBAE convened employers to issue this call to action for the business communi
  • Accountability and AssistanceAdvisory Council

    Mass.govSDAMBAE has consistently emphasized accountability as a critical element of the education reform compact and fought efforts over the years to abolish the independent office responsible for our statewide district review system. When the Legislature acted to link accountability to assistance, MBAE supported that compromise and has chaired and represented the business community on the Advisory Council appointed to help develop the new system. MBAE helped preserve the strengths of the former process
  • 2009-2010 Economic Stimulus Funding for Education – Race to the Top

    ReportThe American Recovery and Reinvestment Act presents more opportunity – and funding – to improve public education than any previous federal policy or program. MBAE continually updates its summaries of funding sources and the impact of state expenditures. MBAE has urged the state to be bold in its thinking about how to leverage federal funding to make the most progress possible to close persistent achievement gaps and sustain transformative changes in our state's educational system.
  • Human Capital in the Boston Public Schools: Rethinking How to Attract, Develop and Retain Effective Teachers

    ReportMBAE was the local partner for this study by the National Council on Teacher Quality of policies that have an impact on teacher quality. While the analysis concludes that Boston has many effective, strategic policies already in place, it recommends improvements that could help the district do a better job attracting and retaining effective teachers. MBAE believes these recommendations are relevant for districts across the state.