MPU believes in closing the achievement gap and that children deserve to have the opportunity to access to the highest quality schools in their neighborhoods, no matter their background, zipcode, or income status.
MPU is fighting every day to fix our education system and provide access to quality education to every child in the Commonwealth.
The term “achievement gap” refers to significant disparity in academic performance between different groups of students. Minority and low income students have demonstrated an education gap in the classroom due to a lack of equal access to quality education.
The achievement gap has been demonstrated in lower reading and math scores on standardized tests, lower high school graduation rates, lower college acceptance and readiness rates in Black and Latino students when compared to their White classmates.
Factors that contribute to the achievement gap can include: lack of a rigorous curriculum, large class sizes, low expectations for student achievement, household’s income level, access to health and social services, access to after-school programs, and community safety.
While Massachusetts has the highest performing school districts in the nation, we also have schools with some of the worst literacy rates in the country. Low performing schools are almost always found in low income districts.
"The fact remains that 25 years after the Massachusetts Education Reform Act, Black, Latino, and low-income students continue to have dramatically different experiences in
Massachusetts schools than their White and higher-income peers — and these disparities have real consequences for students, their communities, and our Commonwealth’s economy and democracy." Find out more by reading the Number 1 for Some Report here.
School choice allows for us as parents to enroll our children in a school other
than the school that is automatically assigned to our child.
In Massachusetts, schools of choice can include inter-district schools, charter schools, vocational technical schools, METCO Program, Commonwealth Virtual Schools (CMVS), private schools, or homeschooling.
Admission to a child’s home district school is guaranteed, however school choice programs often have more applicants than they do seats. This may mean your child will go through a lottery process to get into a school. The lottery process can be frustrating for us as parents when we do not want to send our child to a home district school or when our child does not get chosen in the lottery for a choice school.
Public schools do not charge its students tuition, but private schools do. In public schools, a home school district pays for each student who transfers out of the school district where the child lives. However, parents may face extra fees if their choice school requires uniforms or other specific supplies.
Department of Elementary and Secondary Education:
DESE Special Educational Information for Parents