Midway through the month election nomination papers become available and must be filed, there are 29 potential candidates for City Council and a dozen more on the School Committee side.
If we’re going to meet the goal of ensuring that all Cambridge children have access to affordable preschool, the council and School Committee must work with a sense of urgency. A deadline will force answers, sooner rather than later, on policy, financing and logistics.
Of the 21 nomination papers taken out Monday for November elections for City Council or School Committee, only two candidates’ sets were returned the same day: those of council candidate Samuel Gebru and committee candidate Jake W. Crutchfield.
The high school’s athletic director acknowledged a “systems breakdown” leading to unequal experiences for some male and female student athletes, but said the school was taking steps to correct the unintentional – and unknown – legal violations.
With several thousand new housing units due in the Alewife, NorthPoint and Kendall Square neighborhoods, School Committee members noted that if even 10 percent of those units have one child, that’s easily two schools’ worth of students.
“I’m looking for more of a plan. I don’t have enough to adopt for right now,” the mayor said, asking for a roundtable meeting in July at which the School Committee could get deeper into the details. “I want to vote when it’s finished.”
Superintendent Kenneth Salim presented his three-year “district plan” to a variety of audiences in recent days, finding support f0r the broad, overarching concepts, but worries about the details.
Immigrant families were assured Tuesday of their “protection and safety” from federal agents by the school district, one of several issues looked at Tuesday by the School Committee.
Fran Cronin, a teacher and educational advocate, announced her candidacy for School Committee formally at a kickoff rally Sunday.
First-term School Committee member Manikka Bowman said she pleased to announce she was running for reelection, seeking a second term.