School Committee Emily Dexter says that to this point she has resisted writing about the controversy over a January classroom conversation at Cambridge Rindge and Latin School, but has been forced to respond to an attack by a fellow elected official.
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.
In high-income towns such as Winchester, Concord and Carlisle, 80 percent to 90 percent of third-graders score proficient on the MCAS reading test. In Cambridge, only 65 percent of all students score proficient.