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Mattapan United to launch education conversation series Thursday

Posted by Patrick Rosso  November 6, 2013 03:25 PM

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Mattapan United, in partnership with the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, will launch a conversation series this week that dives into desegregation in Boston schools and where education in the city stands today.

The first part of the three part series will kick-off Thursday with an event from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at the ABCD Mattapan Family Service Center located at 535 River St.

“We just want to have a conversation about the history of education in Boston,” explained Karleen Porcena, lead organizer for Mattapan United. “Hopefully through those conversations topics will emerge that we’ll be able to focus on in the second and third sessions.”

The idea for the series was born out a summer meeting with Stand for Children, an education advocacy group.

“It [the meeting] got a lot of people talking about the school system in Boston,” said Porcena. “There’s never really been a conversation about education in Mattapan and with all the different things happening in the neighborhood from private schools to charter schools, not everyone knows where and how to get the information.”

Porcena said Thursday’s event, which will include the screening of a documentary produced by the Union of Minority Neighborhoods, will be the beginning of a longer conversation about education in the community.

“When we talk about education we’re not just talking about children,” she said. “We want to talk about everything that goes into it like adult education and how it impacts the community.”

More information about Thursday’s meeting can be found here.

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