METCO’s contribution to Foxborough

December 7, 2018
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Foxborough’s METCO Director Jesenia Castro spoke with cable access host Bob Hickey, alongside METCO, Inc. CEO Milly Arbaje-Thomas. Their conversation ranged from the benefits and struggles experienced by Boston families who take the bus out and back, to a call for the town to get involved and support the students and cherish the impact of the historic program. As Milly put is: “If you are in the METCO community, you have to be better than every other community out there, because of what we are part of: something so unique, something so historical, something so deep. I mean, we’re one of […]

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“Every student in Scituate is a METCO student”

September 20, 2018
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METCO has given Michelle Crawford Cranmore educational ties to three Boston suburbs. Her two sons go to school in Weston through their METCO partnership; she spent five years as METCO Program Advisor in Brookline Public Schools, and this year she took on the METCO Director role down on the South Shore, in Scituate. Her vision for METCO goes well beyond the educational outcomes for individual students. In a profile in the local paper, she says: Every student in Scituate is a METCO student because they are all part of this experience. Recent census data suggests that Scituate is 96.8 percent […]

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Color Magazine profiles CEO Milly Arbaje-Thomas

August 1, 2018
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METCO’s CEO spoke with Juri Love of Color Magazine about how her life experience influences METCO’s evolving vision. Milly Arbaje-Thomas immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic as a child, and watched her mother overcome the language barrier and work tirelessly to put Milly through Catholic School in Lynn, Massachusetts. Now, she shares that dedication to her children’s education with the thousands of other METCO parents: her two children attend school in Brookline through METCO. Milly draws on a range of her life experiences to connect with METCO’s mission: As a Dominican immigrant with Lebanese roots, married to […]

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Alum Michael Bivins gets honorary degree from Belmont High

June 7, 2018
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METCO alum Michael Bivins, better known as “Biv” in Bel Biv DeVoe (and as a founder of the 80s R&B group New Edition), brought his new jack swing out to Belmont in June to get his long-awaited high school diploma. As WHDH news reports: A member of the 90’s bands New Edition and Bel Biv DeVoe walked across the graduation stage at Belmont High School Thursday to receive an honorary degree. Michael Bivins left school his sophomore year to begin his professional music career. Before that, he would take the bus from Roxbury to Belmont everyday as he took part in […]

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Brookline METCO Director becomes principal

March 20, 2018
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After 11 years playing the pivotal role of overseeing the experiences of Brookline’s METCO participants, Dr. Sujan “Suzie” Talukdar has been chosen to lead one of the town’s eight elementary schools outright. As of July 1, Dr. Talukdar will be principal of the Driscoll School, which serves kindergarten through 8th grade. Brookline Public Schools’ superintendent Andrew Bott acknowledged that the expertise and relationships she built supporting the families from Boston as they navigated the schools has equipped her with the skills to ensure an inclusive and equitable community at Driscoll. As he put it in a letter to Brookline families: [Dr. […]

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“But how much better can we be?”

January 28, 2018
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The Boston Globe’s Meghan E. Irons profiled incoming METCO CEO Milly Arbaje-Thomas, stressing the widened social impact that she hopes will define her vision for the organization’s next 50 years. Following the retirement of 43-year executive director Jean Maguire in 2016, the Board of Directors selected Arbaje-Thomas to help METCO become a “more mature and dynamic organization,” according to Board President Charles E. Walker, Jr. “I don’t want to [just] place students in the [suburban] districts,” she tells Irons. “I want to have relationships with the districts. I want to be that voice for the children. I see METCO, Inc. […]

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Academic Research & Publications

“Closing the Achievement Gap Through METCO,” Pioneer Institute, 2015

“Losing Ground: School Segregation in Massachusetts”, UCLA Civil Rights Project,2013

“METCO Merits More”, 2011