Meet the Boston Municipal Research Bureau

Sam Tyler, the chief of the Boston Municipal “Research” Bureau, is focused like a laser on ridding the city’s schools of lazy, overpaid teachers. Thirsty work indeed!

Expert research. Independent analysis. Trusted results. What else is there to be said about this combination think tank, number cruncher and self-appointed “change agent” that the Boston Globe once called “A powerful force for constructive change in city government? I certainly can’t think of anything…

Now for those of you who might be new to the Boston Municipal Research Bureau’s particular brand of “research,” the EduShyster is pleased to give you a quick and handy overview. The Bureau’s unbiased, independent perspective largely consists of the following: Boston teachers are lazy and overpaid (as are all of the city’s public employees) and are protected by an iron-clad, 15,000 page contract that they have unilaterally imposed upon the city. That’s it. The group’s widely cited “reports” largely consist of their crack staff researchers making these points over and over again in an attractive, two-column format complete with contrasting fonts, plenty of pull quotes and the occasional sidebar for reiterating the highlights of the “report.” Continue reading →