"Massachusetts," notes John Schneider of MassINC
, "has completed one of the most successful transitions anywhere in the world from an industrial to a knowledge-based economy, but the transformation remains centered on Greater Boston--and that's the problem."
Denison was previously Founding Editor of CommonWealth, a weekly magazine of "politics, ideas, and civic life" published by the nonpartisan think tank MassINC
"He's been very vocal about his position in Question 2," agreed Steve Koczela, president of The MassINC
Polling Group, which has worked on behalf of pro-charter groups.
A recent report by MassINC
and the Donahue Institute at the University of Massachusetts raises the alarm on that point, forecasting that between 2020 and 2030, the state can expect to see a 3 percent drop in the number of residents ages 25 to 64 who hold at least a bachelor's degree.
Paul Reville, director of the Rennie Center for Education Research & Policy at MassINC
, a nonpartisan think tank in Boston, reviewed many of the written responses from those who failed and bemoaned the high number of the commonwealth's teachers "who were college graduates and yet couldn't string a sentence together."
At the forum I described, the other sponsoring organizations were the resolutely progressive Women's Union and the third way civic-reform group MassInc
. Demos' cur rent president, Miles Rapoport, is a Prospect contributor.
According to MassINC
Gateway Cities Innovation Institute, which sponsors the award, the school supplements its art curriculum by leveraging "the city's cultural community ...
Also Thursday, Worcester Arts Magnet School was recognized for being named a 2014 Gateway Cities Innovation Award winner by the MassINC
Gateway Cities Innovation Institute.
In November, think tank MassINC
released its vision for improving education in Gateway Cities like Worcester and Fitchburg, and its recommendations included the creation of dual-language immersion schools as one way to benefit from the diversity in those cities.
At a forum sponsored Tuesday by MassINC
, the public polity think-tank, and the Worcester Education Collaborative, community leaders were urged to address the dwindling employment pool by lobbying for more investment in urban-center educational programs that disproportionately serve more children from low-income and immigrant families.
This was one of the essential findings of a MassInc
poll, released Thursday.
Together with MassINC
, the Immigrant Learning Center, and the Massachusetts Association of Community Development Corporations, Lynn recently piloted an immigrant entrepreneurship project with a grant from the U.S.