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Forsyth Kids offers preventative dental care in schools

On February 14th, Boston’s WCVB 5 News team visited Match Community Day to see the amazing work of the ForsythKids program that “works with schools and community partners to make certain it is easy for children and their families to get high quality dental care.” The story was featured in WCVB’s 5 for Good Series on February 28th during the evening news segment.

Click here to watch the video on Channel 5’s site, and click here to read the scripted version on Match’s site.

Match High School juniors visit and learn from Bates College debate team

In mid January, a group of Match High School juniors traveled to Maine to visit and learn from the internationally ranked Bates debate team, the Brooks Quimby Debate Council. The day started off with workshops and partner practice, and then students got to test their new skills in two rounds of British Parliamentary Style debate. All of the students who participated hope that this trip will mark the start of a robust debate program at Match High School.

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Mass. Charter Schools Test New Ways To Reduce High Teacher Turnover

About 1 in 8 public school teachers leave their jobs in Massachusetts every year. Among charter schools, that number is even higher. WBUR recently did a story on the innovation ways Massachusetts charter schools are trying to retain their teachers in response to teacher feedback. Match Charter Public School was featured.

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She moved to Boston knowing no English, but ended up a valedictorian

The Match High School Class of 2018 Valedictorian, Saïsa Nicolas, is featured in The Boston Globe today.  She is truly an amazing young woman who has overcome many obstacles to achieve success both in and out of the classroom.  Her teachers praise her for her intelligence and her compassion, and we're excited to see what she does next when she attends Wesleyan University this fall!

Read the full story here.

High school seniors reveal choices in joyous ‘signing day’ ceremony

In the fourth and final installment of Liz Willen's series for The Hechinger Report, she reports on the final college decisions of the six Match High School seniors who she's been following since the fall.

On June 2nd, Liz attended Match High School's annual senior signing day where the 43 members of the Class of 2017 announced where they're going to college next year before an auditorium full of families, teachers, peers, as well as Match middle and elementary school students.

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Click here to listen to Liz Willen's podcast interview with Educate, a partner to The Hechinger Report on "What happens when students get into college—but can’t afford to attend?"

At Boston Charter School, College Decision Ceremony Mirrors NCAA’s National Signing Day

As a follow up to his May 3rd article, Kirk Carapezza from WGBH attended Match High School's annual senior signing day where the 43 members of the Class of 2017 announced where they're going to college next year.  The announcements were made before a packed auditorium full of families, teachers, peers, as well as Match middle and elementary school students.

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Click here for audio of the event and interviews with staff members and students.

A New Path to a College Degree

Match Beyond is featured on the cover of Education Next, highlighting the programs origins as well as other similar programs popping up around the country.  Author Jon Marcus writes, "In all its variations, the new approach is poised to become a disruptive force in higher education for low-income racial and ethnic minorities...colleges and universities will have to start adapting to the needs of a dramatically different student population."

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Schools That Work

David Leonhardt of The New York Times featured Match High School in his recent op-ed on Boston charter schools. In citing research done by professors at M.I.T., Columbia, Michigan and Berkeley, David writes, "Students who go to Boston’s charter schools learn reading and math better and faster than students elsewhere...Boston’s charters eliminate between one-third and one-half of the white-black test-score gap in a single year."

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Many charter schools lag in enrolling students lacking English fluency

Disparities in student enrollment between charter and district schools have long been a lightning rod. Six years ago a new state law allowed for the doubling of charter-school seats in the lowest-performing districts, though it required charters to develop strategies to recruit, enroll, and retain English-language learners, students with disabilities, and other academically disadvantaged students at levels that mirror hometown school systems.

Match Charter Public School is highlighted as one of two charter schools whose average number of English-language learners exceeds the Boston Public School system's average.

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Finding Common Ground in the Commonwealth's Charter Debate: Sharing Best Practices

So far, the primary point of contention in the Massachusetts debate about lifting the charter cap is about money: how public charter schools are funded, and whether or not they hurt traditional public schools. Eclipsed in all the back-and-forth over the funding formula, however, is almost any conversation about one of the charter movement’s primary objectives: to demonstrate new, effective ways of educating students and operating schools.

Click here to read Claire Kaplan's oped about the need to invest more in sharing best practices and educational resources across the charter-district divide.