Boston Educators and Students Demand Access to A Better Curriculum

The fractured approach to curriculum in Boston Public Schools (BPS) creates confusion for teachers and inequitable outcomes for students.

The district does not officially vet and recommend curricula, so each individual school must start from scratch when trying to select frameworks that are high-quality and culturally-sensitive. It’s time to end this inequity and demand A Better Curriculum.

Following the release of an audit, a group of BPS educators came together with a mission to develop solutions that would improve curriculum in their district. Their recommendations: 

  • BPS must commit to creating a formalized vetting and recommendation process which results in curricula for campuses to choose from that meet quality, cultural-responsiveness, and ease-of-use standards.

  • Massachusetts must pass legislation that ensures every district uses curriculum frameworks that are inclusive and actively antiracist. 

Learn more about our educator-led plan to achieve this better curriculum in Boston and beyond by reading our A Better Curriculum (ABC) campaign memo.

Take Action

We need to demand a better curriculum from decision-makers in numbers that can’t be ignored. You can take action right now by asking BPS leaders to commit to a new process for vetting curriculum.

What Educators and Other Experts Say

Our call for BPS and Massachusetts to act on this urgent issue is informed by local, state, and national statistics that indicate we need a change:

  • In E4E's Voices from the Classroom: A Survey of America's Educators 2020, just 25% of Boston teachers said that curricula was accessible for all learners in their classrooms

  • An ELA curriculum selected by BPS was found to have 78% of its texts written by white authors

  • In March of 2020, the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education found that BPS approached curriculum in a way that was “inconsistent” and the district is “unable to identify which curricula are being used in each of the district schools”

  • The National Bureau of Education Research finds that culturally responsive curricula increase student attendance by 21 percent, GPA by 1.4 grade points, and credits earned by 23 percent

Attend a House Meeting or Join Our Anti-Racist Curriculum Coalition

The ABC campaign will be powered by educators and those who are most impacted by the status quo in curriculum. To ensure that we have spaces where folks can safely gather amid the COVID-19 pandemic, we are asking supporters of the campaign to sign up to host or attend a virtual ABC campaign house meeting via Zoom.

If you are an organization that is interested in joining our Antiracist Curriculum Coalition, which will work directly on introducing our statewide anti-racist curriculum legislation and pushing for its passage, send us an email below with your name, role, organization name, and email and/or phone number.

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