About Us
Who We Are
The Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership (MEEP) is a collective effort of civil rights, social justice, and education advocates from across the Commonwealth working together to promote educational equity for historically underserved students in our state’s schools.
What We Do
  • Draw attention to educational inequities in Massachusetts
  • Advocate for policies and practices that improve opportunity and outcomes for students of color, linguistically diverse students, students from economically disadvantaged families, and students with disabilities
  • Work alongside students, families, and communities to build urgency and collective will for educational equity and justice
Our North Star Vision
The Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership represents a statewide movement of advocates for educational equity committed to building power and capacity in historically underserved communities, advancing policies and practices that achieve educational justice, and shifting decision-making power and representation throughout the education system to be inclusive of community voices. MEEP mobilizes a diverse group of leaders across sectors to strategically enhance opportunities for all Massachusetts families.
In Focus: Keeping Equity at the Forefront - Returning to School
As the resumption of school nears and the pandemic rages on, families, educators, and state leaders are working hard to identify the safest and best path forward for students. Offering ten comprehensive recommendations, MEEP’s brief urges district and school leaders to shift focus from reopening buildings for all students to making sure all students continue to learn and that family needs are met.

Read our new brief Keeping Equity at the Forefront: Returning to School to learn more.
Events
Worcester Education Collaborative
April 28th, 4pm-6pm

Webinar
School Re-Entry After COVID: Response and Re-Imagination
Tune in to hear how leaders in the WOrcester community are approaching crucial work around supporing the transition back to in-person learning.
The Education Trust
April 14th-15th, 1pm

Boot Camp
Equity Matters: Facing the Future Together
This two-day evevent will provide tools and resources for advocates, community leaders, parents, policymakers and practitioners as we continue advocacy efforts around pandemic recovery.

Kids in Tech
April 28th, 12pm

Webinar
Beyond the Microscope: The State of STEAM Education
During this conversation, panelists will investigate various STEAM education and workforce development policy priorities and how policy can be used to drive change for our nation’s children.
Advocacy Priorities & Resources
Keeping Equity at the Forefront
In the coming months and years, equity advocacy will be more important than ever. The economic, societal and educational implications of the COVID-19 pandemic are unprecedented. At the same time, the racial pandemic – observed through the killings of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Ahmaud Arbery and too many others at the hands of white supremacy & the resulting uprisings – has shone a light on the devastating impacts of systemic racism and laid the groundwork for change in ways unseen in recent years.

The Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership has marshaled its policy and advocacy capacity to both mitigate the impacts of COVID-19 on students that are already underserved in our education system and to meet the current moment by building public will to address deep racial inequities in our schools, child care centers, and universities. We will work tirelessly to ensure the needs of all Massachusetts students and families are met.
Shining a Light on Educational Disparities
The first step to solving a problem is acknowledging it exists. For too long, Massachusetts’ high average achievement has enabled the state to avoid confronting the deep disparities in opportunity and outcomes hidden behind our rankings. A key priority of the Massachusetts Education Equity Partnership is to draw attention to and challenge these inequities through advocacy and action.
Seizing the Moment: Student Opportunity Act Implementation
MEEP members worked alongside other advocates, legislators and educators to secure passage of the Student Opportunity Act (SOA). This landmark legislation commits to investing an additional $2.2 billion in Massachusetts schools and requires all districts to address disparities in opportunity and achievement. 

We are committed to supporting families, communities and educators in making sure that the new funding provided by the SOA results in dramatic improvement in learning experiences and outcomes for historically underserved students across Massachusetts. Check out our resources below and keep an eye on this space for more coming soon.
    Strong and Diverse Educators
    Research clearly shows that teacher diversity matters for all students, and especially for students of color. Students of color who have a same-race teacher are more likely to attend school regularly, perform higher on assessments, graduate from high school, and consider college. For White students, diversity can reduce bias.

    Yet too few Massachusetts students benefit from teacher diversity. Statewide, only 8% of teachers are people of color, as compared to 40% of students. What’s more, unequal, biased working conditions lead teachers of color to leave the profession at higher rates than their White counterparts.

    Turning these patterns around is critical to student success. We are actively working on recommendations for state and district action. Keep an eye on this space for more.
    Partners
    Our Partners
    MEEP members come from Eastern, Central and Western Massachusetts, represent different constituencies, and bring differing perspectives on educational improvement. All of us, however, are committed to working together to advance opportunity and outcomes for students that have been underserved in Massachusetts for too long. 

    Note: Partners decide on a case-by-case basis whether to sign onto each of our publications or actions.

    Our Partners include:
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