MCAS or PARCC? Neither, MCAS 2.0

Here’s a link to an article I wrote for the MetroWest Daily News on the nuisances of MCAS vs. PARCC, and where the state might go next.


Stretched Thin: Foster family shortage stretches families thin

This article appeared in the MetroWest Daily News on Aug. 31

In the home where Avalena Conway-Coxon lived, there were a lot of other children. By state standards, there were too many young children, but a waiver said that was OK.

Then Avalena died on Aug. 15 of still unknown causes, there were two other children under the age of 3 living in the Auburn home: an adopted 9-year-old girl, and two children who belonged to Avalena’s foster mother. The Department of Children and Families had granted an “over capacity” variance to allow more than the typical number of children under age 3 to live there.
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