The Boston School Reform Project at MAC works to promote excellence, equity, access, and achievement for all children in Boston Public Schools. We have an unwavering commitment to issues of social justice, parent and youth leadership development and community empowerment.
BSR has worked on a range of issues including:
- ELL policy
- Strengthening the structure of the central office of family engagement
- Equitable Access to Quality in Student Assignment and School Choice
- School Discipline and Alternatives to Suspensions
- School-based management, including parent/student role on School Site Council
- Personnel issues, including teacher recruitment, hiring and evaluations
- Eliminating achievement and opportunity gaps
Through the years, the Boston School Reform Project (BSR) at MAC has had several key accomplishments. After years and years of advocacy and work with Latina parents in East Boston, we were successful in getting the school district to add a new two-way bilingual school to help address the inequities of how immigrant families and ELL students access these types of programs. The new two-way bilingual school will open in September 2014 and is a victory for the children and families of East Boston. We continue to provide ongoing support and leadership training to the parents who led advocacy efforts for the new dual language school in their community. In 2012 MAC supported the BPS pilot summer program, Heritage Academy, which was been extended through the school year as a Saturday program due to its success. During the planning of the program MAC helped to ensure that the voice of parents was heard throughout the process. In 2009, MAC worked with BPON and other core groups to form Boston United for Students coalition to give community voice to the BPS-BTU contract negotiations.
MAC has also worked to strengthen the parent engagement system in BPS and was one of the groups that successfully advocated for the Family and Community Outreach Coordinator initiative, as well as the creation of a deputy level position to lead family engagement in the district. MAC also organized Voices for Children to give a parent and community voice in the contract that was being negotiated in 2000 and its implementation. We also formed the ELL Work Group (formerly the Latino Education Action Network) to advocate for the nearly 17,000 English language learners in BPS; we worked with Haitian leaders and parents to create the Haitian Education Action Leadership Network to respond to the education needs of that community; we successfully pushed for the creation of the Boston School Committee ELL Task Force and have monitored the implementation of its recommendations; and MAC supported the rejuvenation of the SPED PAC. In 2005, MAC helped to develop the network, Community Partners with the New Superintendent, to give parent and community voice in the selection process of the new superintendent and staffed the Hubie Jones’ Citizen Commission on Academic Success for Boston Children. Finally, MAC was instrumental in moving the district to focus on equity and quality during the school choice/student assignment process that was approved in 2013.