Mervan Osborne for School Committee

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Born and raised in London, Osborne moved to New York City with his family when he was 10, then attended Trinity College in Hartford, Conn., before joining the first Teach for America corps as a teacher in Los Angeles in 1990. Four years later he moved to Cambridge to teach at Buckingham Browne & Nichols School, and he worked there for a dozen years teaching English and drama and coaching multiple sports, as well as working in the admissions office recruiting students in Cambridge and Boston.

Eight years ago, he left the private school to participate in the founding of the Beacon Academy charter school, which provides an extra year of high school for poorer, struggling students.

He also served two terms as the governor’s appointee to the Massachusetts Humanities Board and has been a member of the board of trustees at Concord Academy. For 17 years, until the birth of his son a year ago, he directed a summer film and drama camp for young people in Cambridge – a reflection of his hobbies producing and reviewing films. He lives in Central Square with his wife, Lucy, and son, Moses.

Compiled from the candidate’s words in publicly available sources

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Osborne’s top three priorities:

bullet-gray-smallBuilding better schools, including universal access to prekindergarten.

bullet-gray-smallTransparency, including addressing the achievement gap. I propose the creation of an Achievement for All working group that calls on the expertise and experiences of school leaders, parents, community members and outside experts.

bullet-gray-smallBeing progressive, including putting foreign Language in all elementary schools. I propose a review of the World Language program to introduce curricular opportunities on our JK-5 campuses and examine the possibility of requiring a foreign language for all three middle-school years.

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