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Alliance for Educational Equity

The Alliance for Educational Equity describes itself as having been founded by parents, citizens, and legislators from Framingham, Massachusetts who want the state and federal governments to fund the schools of Massachusetts more fairly and equitably. The Alliance hopes to secure three major sources affecting local educational funding-state foundation (Chapter 70) funding, state special education funding, and federal special education (IDEA) funding-for school communities. Its stated goal is to widen its coalition to work with those on the community, state, and federal levels to achieve its aims.

Contact: L.J. Carroll
110 Maple Street
Framingham, MA 01701
(508) 405-1657

Artists for Humanity

Artists for Humanity was founded in 1991 as an after-school program in Boston. Students in the program participate in an apprenticeship where they are paid to create artwork that is then marketed to the business community. There are forty students on the staff, and the sale of the students' art generates $100,000 in revenue each year. Students must maintain a 2.5 grade-point average to stay in the program; ninety-eight percent of the students who complete the program go on to college.

Founder: Susan Rodgerson
288-300 A Street, 2nd floor
South Boston, MA 02210
Tel: (617) 737-2455
Fax: (617) 737-2457

Boston Parent Organizing Network

The Boston Parent Organizing Network (BPON) is a new citywide initiative established to organize parents and communities as advocates for improvement in the Boston Public Schools.

Director: Caprice Taylor Mendez
21 Lake Hall, Northeastern University
Boston, MA 02115
Tel: (617) 373-2595
Fax: (617) 373-8839

Center for Collaborative Education

The Center for Collaborative Education describes itself as promoting small, caring communities in K-12 public schools. It aims to do that by providing schools with professional development, assessment, research, and advocacy so that they can serve every student individually and equitably, and also by pushing for school autonomy. Its current projects include the coordinating of four networks of small schools, an initiative to teach math and science rigorously on the middle- and high-school levels, and studies on the effects of the teaching and learning conditions available at small schools.

Executive Director: Dan French
1 Renaissance Park
1135 Tremont Street, Suite 490
Boston, Massachusetts 02120
Phone: (617) 421-0134
Fax: (617) 421-9016

Community Training and Assistance Center

For more than 20 years, The Community Training and Assistance Center (CTAC) has provided technical assistance to community-based organizations and public institutions that work in education, health, housing, and neighborhood revitalization. CTAC states that it helps schools complete site assessments, gather diverse groups of stakeholders to envision what an ideal school would look like, and ultimately put an actual reform plan together. CTAC's long-term organizational assistance is designed to improve student achievement through accountability, site and district planning, and strategic management.

President: Bill Slotnick
30 Winter Street
Boston, MA 02138
(617) 423-1444

Council for Fair School Finance

The Council for Fair School Finance, founded in 1975, is currently involved in the Hancock v. Driscoll case in Massachusetts. The Council believes that the state of Massachusetts must increase its proportion of state aid to local schools from 40% to about 60% in order to satisfy the requirements of the Education Reform Act of 1993. (For a summary of school-funding litigation in Massachusetts, see the ACCESS litigation page). Council members include a number of Massachusetts advocacy, professional, and legal groups, including the ACLU of Massachusetts, of which the Council is an affiliate, the League of Women Voters of Massachusetts, the Massachusetts Federation of Teachers, and the firm of Weisman and Associates, counsel for the Hancock plaintiffs, as well as other advisors and individuals.

President: Norma Shapiro
c/o ACLU of Massachusetts
99 Chauncy Street, Suite 310
Boston, MA 02111
(617) 482-3170, ext. 325

Hampshire Educational Collaborative

The Hampshire Educational Collaborative is a nonprofit, multi-service agency whose mission is to link educators, schools, and communities to opportunities that advance learning for all students. Since 1974 the Collaborative states that is has been helping teachers, schools, and communities address fundamental needs of improving education. HEC has helped schools and school districts share critical resources through regional planning, offered a wide range of professional development and project-based learning programs, and provided consulting services to enhance the learning opportunities for educators and students in western Massachusetts.

Director of Communications: Mark Roessler
Hampshire Educational Collaborative
97 Hawley Street
Northampton, MA 01060
(413) 586-4900

Massachusetts Advocates for Children

Massachusetts Advocates for Children, formerly the Massachusetts Advocacy Center, is a private, non-profit child advocacy organization whose mission is to improve the educational opportunities open to children of the Commonwealth. Founded in 1969 as the Task Force on Children Out of School, the Center has lead significant and successful child advocacy projects since its inception. For more than thirty years, the Center has applied a multi-issue, multi-strategy approach to problems that have an especially harmful effect on low-income, minority youth and children with disabilities. As one of the Center's three major programs, the Boston School Reform Project promotes leadership training, data analysis, and public policy advocacy to inform and organize a constituency that may better help reform Boston Public Schools

Executive Director: Jerold Mogul (ext. 231)
Office Manager: Tania Duarte (ext.224)
100 Boylston Street, Room 200
Boston, MA 02116
(617) 357-8431

Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC)

The Massachusetts Institute for a New Commonwealth (MassINC) describes itself as a non-partisan group that advocates for the growth and flourishing of the middle class. MassINC sees its values of opportunity, personal responsibility, and a strong commonwealth at the core of the American Dream. The organization sees itself as combining the approach of a policy think-tank with that of an advocacy campaign. MassINC has joined with Paul Reville, chairman of Massachusetts' Education Reform Review Commission, to launch the Center for Education Research and Policy, which will evaluate the state's education reforms.

Research Director: Benjamin Forman
MassINC, Publisher of the CommonWealth magazine
18 Tremont Street, Suite 1120
Boston, MA 02108
Phone: (617) 742-6800
Fax: (617) 589-0929

Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center (Formerly the Tax Equity Alliance for Massachusetts [TEAM])

The Massachusetts Budget and Policy Center describes itself as a statewide organization dedicated to advocating for tax fairness, economic justice, and socially responsible budgeting. The Center sponsors an Education Fund whose independent analysis and timely research is a source relied upon by the media, policymakers, and advocates. The Center also does policy.

President: Noah Berger
37 Temple Place, 3rd Floor
Boston, MA 02111
Phone: (617) 426-1228
Fax: (617) 695-1295

Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education (MBAE)

The Massachusetts Business Alliance for Education is committed to ensuring a quality education for every child. MBAE brings together business and education leaders to promote public education reform through collaborative research, policy development, and advocacy. Established in 1988, MBAE is a result of concerns by members of the business community that the public school system needed substantial reform to produce graduates who would lead a 21st century democracy and economy. By 1991, MBAE had crafted the conceptual framework for the Education Reform Act of 1993. Just for the Kids, an initiative of MBAE, is developing a system for assessing the quality of education and public schools in the state.

Assistant Director: Karen Vigue
400 Atlantic Avenue
Boston MA 02110
Phone: (617) 737-3126

Public Education Network Local Affiliates:

Alliance for Education

The Alliance for Education states that its mission is to foster a partnership between local business and public education. The purpose of the Alliance is to assist public education reform so that all schools are effective in preparing every child to be a knowledgeable, skillful adult; an informed, responsible citizen; and a productive worker. The Alliance is organized as an independent, non-profit corporation serving Worcester and Central Massachusetts.

Acting Executive Director: Kathleen A. Gagnon
The Denholm Building, 484 Main Street, Suite 400
Worcester, MA 01605-1223
Phone: (508) 754-9425
Fax: (508) 831-1303

Boston Plan for Excellence in Public Schools

Boston Plan for Excellence states that its mission is to be a catalyst for education reform and provide support to the Boston Public School System in transforming instruction to improve the performance of every student.

Executive Director: Ellen Guiney
6 Beacon Street, Suite 615
Boston, MA 02108
Phone (617) 227-8055
Fax (617) 227-8446

Cambridge Partnership for Public Education

The Cambridge Partnership for Public Education endeavors to helps the students of the Cambridge Public Schools and their families to be productive citizens by strengthening educational systems and programs. The Partnership hopes to achieve its goal by providing an opportunity outside the traditional school setting for all stakeholders in public education to work together, leveraging their individual expertise and resources.

Co-chair, Board of Directors: Kathleen Granchelli
c/o Cambridge Chamber of Commerce
859 Massachusetts Avenue
Cambridge, MA 02139
Phone: (617) 253-7063
Fax: (617) 258-5573

Lynn Business/Education Foundation

Founded in 1986, the Lynn Business/Education Foundation describes itself a vehicle through which business resources can affect positive change in the Lynn Schools.

Executive Director: Dr. Frederick Cole
56 Central Avenue, Suite 201
Lynn, MA 01901
Phone: (781) 592-5599
Fax: (781) 593-0561

Mary Lyon Education Fund, Inc.

The Mary Lyon Education Fund was founded in 1991 and describes itself as a community based, non-profit organization which supports all aspects of quality public education in Shelburne, Massachusetts and in eight rural western Massachusetts towns.

Executive Director: Dr. Susan B. Samoriski
6 Water Street
Shelburne Falls, MA 01370
Phone: (413) 625-2555
Fax: (413) 625-0065

Stand for Children

Stand for Children is a grassroots advocacy organization that advocates for state and local programs that improve the lives and well-being of children, particularly in the areas of education and health care. Their mission is to “teach everyday people how to join together in an effective grassroots voice in order to win concrete, long- lasting improvements for children.” They are a national organization with state affiliates in Massachusetts, Oregon, and Tennessee.

State Campaign Coordinator: Anika Gregg
26 Smith Place, 2nd Floor
Cambridge, MA 02138
(617) 547-3800