Congrats to our friends at Boston Teacher Residency. They've launched their own small school.

Neighbors and parents in Roxbury welcomed students to the neighborhood’s newest charter school Wednesday morning with cheers.

The 132 students, in grades pre-kindergarten through first grade, are the inaugural class of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School, which will eventually serve kindergarten through fifth-grade students.

It's a Horace Mann charter school. There are 2 types of charters in Massachusetts. "Horace Mann" means it is part of the school district, and that teachers belong to the union. Our type is called "Commonwealth."

Massachusetts also has: pilot schools, "innovation schools," and turnaround schools. All offer some degree of additional freedom for the teachers and administrators.

I've written before that more teacher prep programs are launching their own "lab" schools.