BOSTON (WWLP) – Chanting “Turn up for education!” a large crowd of parents gathered outside Boston’s Faneuil Hall Thursday morning, to call for a new plan to address the issue of failing schools.
The rally, called “77,000 Reasons to Believe,” is meant to highlight the 77,000 students that they say attend persistently failing schools in Massachusetts. Ten thousand of these students live in Springfield, spokesperson Kate Lagreca said. “Failing schools” are defined as those in which fewer than one in three students can read or do math at grade-level.
Springfield isn’t the only western Massachusetts city impacted. More than 3,000 tudents are attending failing public schools in Holyoke as well.
The advocates want the incoming Baker administration to make Massachusetts the first state to get rid of achievement gaps that have put students of color at a disadvantage. It was an issue that was discussed by both Baker and Democratic nominee Martha Coakley during the recent campaign.