I look back on my time at CRLS as the most important four years of my education. I was both challenged and affirmed by the talented teachers in that building. I had a great education in and out of those classrooms, learning with and from peers who were social justice warriors, thinkers, and artists. My experience in the Cambridge Public Schools inspired me to champion public education in the years since.
Even so, with the exception of my Pilot School classes at CRLS, I noticed as a student that the cohort of peers in my classes became whiter and wealthier the older I grew.
More than a quarter of a century later, inequity still pervades our school system. My experience as a white student in our schools was markedly different than my child's as a Black student. Across our schools, students of color and students from low-income families have rightfully demanded that we do better.
I am running for reelection to the School Committee because I know we can and must do better. I am running to partner with students, families, educators, and community partners on the critical task of providing all children with the academically rigorous, joyful, culturally affirming education they deserve.
I believe we will dramatically improve academic and life outcomes for our children if we:
- Adopt a District Plan that - unlike the current one - aims for ALL students to meet or exceed grade level expectations
- Ensure every child has a champion to help them navigate their schooling and extracurriculars
- Increase the number of internships for high school students and the number of RSTA graduates with industry-recognized credentials
- Update CPS policies and practices to be explicitly antiracist
I hope to have the opportunity to continue working towards these goals in a second term on the School Committee. Thank you for your consideration and partnership.