Jordan Bazmore travels 90 minutes each way — on two MBTA buses and an Orange Line train — between his home in Roxbury and Phoenix Charter Academy in Chelsea.Read More
Pulling itself up even further from the brink of failure it once faced, Lowell Community Charter Public School has reached the highest achievement level in state testing for the third year in a row.Read More
Students at Pioneer Charter School of Science II had their first day of classes on Tuesday, Sept. 2. They will be starting their new school year in a brand new building on Main Street in Saugus after a year in a temporary location in Everett. Faculty, parents and students are looking forward to another successful academic year.Read More
MASHPEE — Slowly but steadily, and one speaker at a time, the Wôpanâak language — the one that until dying out in the late 1800s had been spoken for centuries by the tribes that formed the Wampanoag Nation — is coming back to life.Read More
Bummed about summer’s end? Here’s a back-to-school story to cheer you as the warmth drains away.Read More
SPRINGFIELD – The Phoenix Charter Academy Network on Tuesday announced it has selected a site in the Springfield Technology Park at One Federal Street as the home of a new public charter school, officials announced.Read More
Title: CEO and founder, Phoenix Charter Academy Network
Education: Bachelor of Arts in sociology, Brandeis University, 1991; master’s degree, education, Harvard University Graduate School, 1999
Growing up in Brockton and Carver, Beth Anderson thought she had it somewhat tough as the only child of an ironworker father and supermarket-clerk mother struggling to make ends meet and making sure their daughter would be the first in their family to attend college.
After graduating from Brandeis University in 1991, though, Anderson found out what tough really meant. As a teacher for two years in Los Angeles, Anderson had to deal with kindergarten and elementary students whose parents included active gang members and prostitutes.
Some impoverished children could barely speak English, while other immigrant students had never held a pencil before.
“I will never get over or forget what I saw in Los Angeles,” said Anderson, whose two-year L.A. teaching stint was organized by the nonprofit Teach for America foundation.
Her experience in the City of Angels was the driving force behind her later efforts to start and build what is today’s Chelsea-based Phoenix Charter Academy Network. The nonprofit network now runs two schools in Chelsea and Lawrence for 320 disadvantaged “at-risk” youths between the ages of 14 and 22, employing more than 100 people on a combined budget of about $7 million.
The Chelsea institution, which opened in 2006, is a fully licensed charter school. The Lawrence school, opened in 2012, is run like a charter but technically operated under a state receivership program imposed on the Lawrence school system due to its consistently poor education performance.
CHICOPEE — All of the mothers of students at the Hampden Charter School of Science can rest assured that they will have flowers on Mother's Day.Read More