Middle school principals were visibly frustrated by the end of a School Committee roundtable about the middle school math program when Mayor E. Denise Simmons made it clear that there was no action in sight.
The first meeting of a new Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Math Advisory Committee was convened Wednesday, Nov. 15, in Central Square by City Manager Louis A. DePasquale and Superintendent Dr. Kenneth Salim.
The past City Council term was an improvement for collegiality, but not so much that there aren’t plenty of candidates touting their collegiality; and it saw big steps for affordable housing, but not so much that every candidate isn’t still talking about that too.
If you care about how money is spent and who takes care of the city’s children, you should vote. The term has been a bit of a mess, but the Nov. 7 election can put the School Committee back on track.
A city can only be great if it has a great public school system. That requires a School Committee whose members work hard, understand the issues and want to move the district forward without needless delay.
Even candidates for City Council who don’t get elected – or reelected – have ideas that should survive the campaign at least long enough for thorough consideration, though of course the proposers want the chance to pursue them personally from City Hall.
Members of Cambridge Rindge and Latin School’s Black Student Union have produced a public service announcement to “promote a dialogue on the NFL protests, police brutality, racism and empathy,” said their faculty adviser, history teacher Kevin Dua.
Residents eager to see improved support to children with advanced-learning needs are challenging School Committee candidates to commit to helping them.
The achievement gap and inability of the Cambridge Public School district to provide a quality education to all students weighed heavily on the minds of School Committee candidates and the questioners in two election forums last week.
Amid community debate over the MCAS 2.0 standardized test, the School Committee and lead school department administrators seemed destined to agree to count its scores as key measures of the superintendent’s three-year blueprint for the schools.