The current model for curriculum selection in Boston Public Schools is leading to confusion and a lack of diverse perspectives. We need a REAL process to vet and recommend curricula that results in options for schools that are high-quality, anti-racist, adaptable for remote learning, and approved by educators and community groups.
This problem is ongoing. In March of 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education found that Boston Public Schools (BPS) approached curriculum in a way that was “inconsistent” and created “inequitable access” to a high-quality education.¹
Later this summer, a review of an ELA curriculum proposed by BPS for transformation schools was found to have 78% of its texts written by white authors² and units that “perpetuate harmful dominant narratives of history.”³
It’s time for a better curriculum in BPS. Use this tool to tell Superintendent Cassellius and the School Committee that we need a real process to vet and recommend curricula that truly serve ALL of our students.
1. BPS District Review http://www.doe.mass.edu/accountability/district-review/nolevel/2020-0035.docx
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This year, more than ever, it has become clear that educator voices are crucial in policy conversations, especially as we adapt our curricula to a pandemic reality and to the diverse needs and perspectives of Massachusetts students. We appreciate you using your voice to take action.
All the best,
The E4E Team