Entries by katya88ru

Reflections on my work at the Urban Initiative

Katya Starostina Graduate Research Assistant I am graduating on Friday, May 16th from UMass Dartmouth with a Master of Public Policy. Sadly this means that my time as a graduate research assistant at the Urban Initiative is coming to an end. This year, I got the chance to work on many great projects across a […]

Latino Population: An Untapped Resource for New Bedford?

Katya Starostina Graduate Research Assistant, Urban Initiative On Saturday April 5th, the Lawrence History Center hosted a ‘Symposium on the History of the “New Immigration” Into Lawrence, Massachusetts and Similar Communities.’ At the symposium, many experts came together to discuss the history of immigration, the immigrant experience in Massachusetts, immigrants’ vital role in entrepreneurship and […]

Charter Approval and Student Success

Katya Starostina Graduate Research Assistant, Urban Initiative According to Commissioner Mitchell Chester, The Massachusetts Board of Elementary and Secondary Education (BESE) prides itself on holding charter schools to a very high standard of excellence and selecting only the highly qualified applicants. Last year, only three out of twenty two applications to open new charters were approved, […]

Newly Released Graduation Rates

By Katya Starostina Graduate Research Assistant, Urban Initiative On January 27th, the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education released graduation and dropout rates for all school districts for the 2012-2013 school year. The state’s four-year graduation rate increased for the seventh consecutive year, with 85 percent of the entire cohort of students who entered 9th grade […]

Charter Schools Debate in New Bedford and Fall River

Katya Starostina, Graduate Research Assistant, Urban Initiative On Decemeber 18th, the class of LeadershipSouthCoast met with Meg Mayo Brown, Superintendent of Fall River School District, as well as several staff of Doran Elementary School, and Dr. Steve Furtado, the Executive Director, and a few other staff of the Global Leadership Public Charter School in New […]

Educator Evaluations Released Statewide

Katya Starostina, Graduate Research Assistant, Urban Initiative On November 21st, for the first time, teacher evaluation ratings were released for more than 200 school districts in MA for the 2012-2013 school year. This was prompted by the requirement for all Race to the Top districts (which are under a federal grant) to implement the new […]

Spinning the Facts

Katya Starostina, Graduate Research Assistant, Urban Initiative The Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (DESE) provides a plethora of useful data on school districts in Massachusetts, from student academic growth and attendance to achievement gap and finance. In looking over the data and charts representing the data, something that stands out is how they compare. […]

New Graduate Research Assistant Katya

Born and raised in Russia, I moved to New Hampshire with my family at the age of 13. I graduated from Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh, PA, with a Materials Science and Engineering major and Hispanic Studies minor. Through teaching and mentoring inner-city youth, I developed a passion for improving the public school system. My […]