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Mary Z. Connaughton

Mary Z. Connaughton is the director of finance and administration at the Pioneer Institute. On the Mass. Turnpike board, she was known as a fiscal watchdog. Mary graduated from University of Massachusetts Amherst and earned an MBA from Assumption College.

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Hello Common Core, Goodbye ‘Huck Finn’

By Mary Z. Connaughton

Classic literature promotes discussion, debate, emotional growth, and literacy. But with the adoption of national education standards, our children’s exposure to it will be greatly diminished.

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State House Secrets

By Mary Z. Connaughton

Massachusetts lawmakers say they believe in transparency in government – for every government body, apparently, except their own. Mary Connaughton Z. explains.