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We hope you are taking time to celebrate and find peace during this season. Thank you for your support for Pioneer, which has helped us stay focused on steering the state’s debate on the pandemic response, and making progress on our key policy objectives. Here’s to a great 2021 for Massachusetts and the country.

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Fitchburg Sentinel & Enterprise: Taking Huck Finn Out of Curriculum a Classic Disaster

Because of the Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education’s decision to adopt weaker national standards known as “Common Core,” students will learn less than half as much classic literature and poetry than they did under Massachusetts' previous standards.

Fall River Herald News: Common Core Takes Classics Out of Curriculum

But with its adoption of Common Core, Massachusetts has chosen to hit the reset button on nearly two decades of unparalleled student achievement.

Worcester Telegram & Gazette: Schoolkids missing the Twain

But with its adoption of Common Core, Massachusetts has chosen to hit the reset button on nearly two decades of unparalleled student achievement.

New Study Suggests Remedies for Common Core Literature Deficit

State and local education policy makers in the 46 states that have adopted the Common Core State Standards should emphasize the literary-historical content that already exists in the standards and add an additional literature-based standard to address Common Core’s lack of literary content.

MetroWest Daily News: Why the Bay State needs its own CBO

Establishing an independent office in Massachusetts like the CBO, to be run by the inspector general would pay for itself. Improved decision-making and accountability promote both efficiency and public trust.

Boston Herald: State Undercuts Open Records Law

Friday, September 14, 2012 Circulation:108,548 By Tom Nash Tom…

Boston Herald: Intrusive to the Core

The so-called Common Core State Standards in English and math were almost entirely developed inside the Beltway by a small group of D.C.-based education trade organizations.

Fall River Herald News: Mass. should explore proven approaches to dropout prevention

There are three proven ways to reduce dropout rates that address this problem: regional vocational-technical schools, digital learning, and a serious refocusing on academic learning.

Lawrence Eagle-Tribune: Lawrence school reforms must target all students, not a select few

We must act swiftly and boldly to enact far-reaching reforms that impact all of the Lawrence school district’s 13,000 students, not just a fortunate few.

New Municipal Guide Provides Tools for Local Budgeting

The Guide to Sound Fiscal Management for Municipalities is intended as a resource for citizens, especially those serving on municipal finance committees, to analyze the effectiveness and efficiency of their community’s spending. Pioneer has distributed over 3,000 copies to city and town finance committee members throughout Massachusetts.


ichael Barone, best-selling author and respected political commentator, will deliver the keynote address, “Election 2012 and the American Experiment,” at Pioneer Institute’s 2012 Better Government Competition Awards ceremony.

Pioneer Institute Research Director Steve Poftak Joins Harvard’s Rappaport Institute

Longtime Director of Pioneer Institute's Centers for Better Government and Economic Opportunity, Steve Poftak, will become Executive Director of the Rappaport Institute for Greater Boston at Harvard's John F. Kennedy School of Government.

Panel Convenes to Discuss Common Core in Utah

http://www.educationnews.org/education-policy-and-politics/panel-convenes-to-discuss-common-core-in-utah/ A…

Mass. Health Reform As Pig In A Poke

http://commonhealth.wbur.org/2012/07/mass-health-reform-as-pig-in-a-poke I…

Don’t buy new ‘content-light’ Mass. ICCR standards

http://www.heraldnews.com/newsnow/x736421379/GUEST-OPINION-Dont-buy-new-content-light-Mass-ICCR-standards?zc_p=1 The…

Are teachers changing their unions?

http://boston.com/community/blogs/rock_the_schoolhouse/2012/07/are_teachers_changing_their_un.html The…

Massachusetts Tackles Health-Care Reform (Again)

http://www.governing.com/blogs/politics/gov-massachusetts-tackles-health-care-reform-again.html Now…

Full house hears panel’s criticisms of Common Core

http://www.deseretnews.com/article/865558845/Full-house-hears-panels-criticisms-of-Common-Core.html SANDY…