New charter schools would help close the achievement gap

October 13, 2015 | The Boston Globe

Massachusetts has some of the best public schools in the nation, but persistent achievement gaps offer stark evidence that far too many students are not benefiting from them. The desire of families to gain entrance to Commonwealth charter schools demonstrates how strongly they want an alternative to their traditional district schools.

New BPS superintendent Tommy Chang should be bold

July 2, 2015 | The Boston Globe

Boston Mayor Martin Walsh’s inauguration was 18 months ago, but the Walsh era in Boston Public Schools truly began this week with Dr. Tommy Chang’s first day as superintendent. As we stand on the threshold of this new period, it is time to put aside old ways in BPS and find the courage necessary to seek the profound changes our students deserve.

Don’t quit on dropouts

September 24, 2011 | The Boston Globe

The state legislation, proposed by Representative Martha Walz, a Back Bay Democrat, is far more comprehensive. It calls for raising the dropout age gradually to allow school districts to develop strategies for teaching kids who have given up on traditional classrooms.

Editorial: For Mass., reform bears fruit

August 26, 2010 | The Boston Globe

It was a tough fight, indeed, and the many proponents — of whom Governor Patrick, Secretary of Education Paul Reville, and the two chairs of the legislative committees, state Representative Martha Walz and state Senator Robert O’Leary, were only the most visible — deserve credit.