Massachusetts

Teaching Policy Fellowship alumna Kalimah Rahim, an 11th grade teacher in New Mission High School in Boston Public Schools, has seen the difference that teaching to the Common Core standards has made in her classroom.  When the constitutionality of the ballot question to repeal the Common Core was taken up by the state’s Supreme Court, Kalimah stepped up to serve as a plaintiff in the case against the ballot initiative.  In her words, “The Massachusetts Frameworks emphasize using higher order thinking skills and encourage ingenuity in solving real-world problems. I believe the standards better prepare our kids for the demands of college and career that await them.”  The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court unanimously sided with Kalimah and her fellow plaintiffs that the ballot question was flawed. They ordered it removed from consideration at the polls.