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Kim Janey to Serve on Superintendent’s Transition Team

Kim Janey, Senior Project Director at MAC, has just been appointed to serve on the Superintendent’s Transition Team. The Transition Team will provide critical input as the new Superintendent of the Boston Public Schools (BPS) takes office. Dr. Tommy Chang will serve as the next Superintendent of BPS for five years beginning on July 1, 2015. He and the Transition Team are launching a “listen & learn” campaign.

Janey was selected as one of thirty-five individuals by the incoming superintendent for the Transition Team to provide him with guidance in the early months of his tenure.

Janey heads MAC’s Boston School Reform Project, a steady force for eliminating barriers and achievement gaps for children with communities of color and families living in poverty, English language learners, and children with disabilities, and for effecting systemic changes in Boston Public Schools.

Janey served on the interview panels as part of the superintendent selection process and she looks forward to working with Dr. Chang to improve children’s access to quality education and eliminate achievement and opportunity gaps.

Dr. Chang’s Transition Team appointments were announced in The Boston Herald and The Boston Globe.

MAC encourages members of the public to visit the Transition Team website at http://www.bostonpublicschools.org/Page/4802 to share ideas, concerns, and priorities with the Transition Team at transition@bostonpublicschools.org. The first Transition Team meeting is this coming Thursday, April 30.

MAC Featured in Harvard Law Magazine

Harvard Law School recently featured MAC’s Trauma and Policy Learning Initiative, and the recent passage of the Safe and Supportive Schools legislation. HLS also profiled MAC Senior Project Director, Tom Mela and MAC’s recent victory with school discipline legislation. Read...

Kim Janey on disparities for black and Latino males in Boston

Kim Janey, MAC Senior Program Director, was quoted in the Baystate Banner this week. The recent release of a Boston Public Schools report revealed significant disparities in outcomes and access to educational opportunities for black and Latino males in the Boston schools.

“It’s very sobering, but it’s not new,” Janey said. “It highlights inequities that have been around for decades — for example, that black boys are being placed in substantially separate classrooms. Research shows that students do better in inclusive classrooms. We need to make sure students get the services they need, but are also learning alongside their peers.”

Learn more about MAC’s Boston School Reform Project.

Read the full article

The New York Times Highlights TLPI

The New York Times highlighted the work of TLPI and our partner, the Brockton Public Schools, yesterday in an article by David Bornstein titled, Schools That Separate the Child From the Trauma. Agreeing with TLPI’s whole school approach, he said, “Making sure that schools and other social services are sensitized is not just about assisting those children who have endured extreme stress. It’s not just about helping them get through school, either. It’s about taking care of everyone.” (emphasis added).

Read more about MAC’s Trauma and Learning Policy Initiative.

You can view the entire article on the New York Times website.

Tom Mela Quoted in Associated Press

MAC Senior Program Director, Tom Mela, was recently quoted by the Boston Globe in an Associate Press article about the new Massachusetts School Discipline Law (chapter 222).

“School districts will see the law as a good practice and undertake compliance … as soon as possible.”

Learn more by visiting MAC’s School Discipline project page.

Read the article: http://www.masslive.com/news/index.ssf/2012/08/new_mass_law_gives_expelled_st.html