Who We Are and What We Do
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
In Focus: Troubling Trends, Promising Opportunities
With $2.2 billion in new education funding, the Student Opportunity Act sets up our districts and schools to dramatically improve opportunity and outcomes for students who have been underserved in Massachusetts for far too long. But its ultimate impact will depend on the quality of implementation. In this brief, we highlight key trends for historically underserved students in Massachusetts, and lay out a set of ideas for how education leaders can seize this once-in-a generation moment.

Read our new report Troubling Trends, Promising Opportunities: Moving Forward With a Focus on Equity, to learn more.
Events
Latinos for Education - Massachusetts
Monday, February 10, 2020 / 6:30-8:30pm
Film Screening: Being Enye
What does it mean to be Latino? Come see Being Enye, one of the leading films that explores the different ways Latinidad exists in American culture. Film producer Denise Soler Cox will join for a virtual discussion following the film.
Worcester Education Collaborative and Worcester Regional Research Bureau
Wednesday, February 12, 2020 / Session 1: 4:00-5:30pm, Session 2: 6:30-8:00pm
Public Forum on the Student Opportunity Act: Provisions, Purposes, and Potential
The Worcester Education Collaborative and the Worcester Regional Research Bureau are hosting an informational forum on the Student Opportunity Act (SOA). This new law provides significantly more dollars for public schools and the opportunity to realize an ambitious vision of public education in our City. Be a part of the conversation.
Multistate Association for Bilingual Education, Northeast
Saturday, March 21, 2020 (snow date: Saturday, March 28, 2020)
Southern New England Regional Conference for Dual Language Programs
This year’s theme is “Access and Inclusion in Dual Language Education”. The purpose of this conference is to create the opportunity for dual language educators to network and collaborate, increase our professional development, share instructional methods that promote bilingualism and multiculturalism, disseminate current research, and learn new ways to reach out to families and communities.
Advocacy Priorities & Resources
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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