School Committee, District 4
There is one candidate for School Committee in District 4.The general election will be held on Tuesday, November 7, 2017.
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Senior Advisor for Innovation & Collaboration, U.S. Air Force
Why are you seeking election to the Framingham School Committee?
Describe your qualifications for the position. If applicable, include some of your accomplishments from a prior school committee term.
What are the top 2 issues facing the Framingham Public Schools now and how would you address them if elected?
Several schools in Framingham are under-performing. How do you envision getting these schools up to par with other schools in Framingham?
Senior education policy roles for past Governor of MA and now Air Force; Preschool Board President
As a father of three children who currently attend & will attend Framingham Public Schools during the next two decades, I have a strong background in education policy at the federal, state & local levels I believe the School Committee can benefit from. Our elected officials have a unique responsibility as we transition to a city and seat a new School Committee. I wish to contribute to the capable, professional, & transparent leadership our new city deserves, & which our residents have earned.
I plan to bring my extensive background in education policy at all levels of government to the Committee. This includes eight years in the Office of the Governor Deval Patrick & Lt. Governor Timothy Murray leading state Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) initiatives, currently working on education efforts at Hanscom Air Force Base, & serving as both a member of the 2017 Framingham Superintendent Search Committee & as President, Framingham Centre Nursery School Board. In 2017 I was appointed by the School Committee to help find the next Superintendent. I worked with a diverse, talented group to recommend candidates for the position. Filling this vacancy was personally important to me because my kids will be directly impacted for years by the superintendent’s decisions. I have long been a supporter of STEM. For the Governor I oversaw the development of the state’s first STEM Plan, secured funding & authored legislation to expand access to high quality programs.
#1. 21st Century Infrastructure for Students & Educators - I plan to seek a School Committee seat on the City’s Strategic Initiatives & Financial Oversight Committee. This group must focus on innovative upgrades or new schools due to aging facilities or enrollment growth. Growth can be a great thing. We need to ramp up our efforts to plan so student achievement rises.
#2. Career Readiness & Life Skills - What it means to be career ready isn’t what it used to be. Not only do students need to have a strong base of academic coursework, they need to learn critical thinking, public speaking, financial literacy skills, emotional controls & confidence. World & local events & experiences can cause tremendous levels of stress on students. FPS has a high % of students who need additional services and have language barriers. Are we doing enough? I plan to bring my partnership mentality to the committee & support the department’s efforts to enhance career readiness initiatives for all schools.
Implementing a common backbone of curriculum & other services with principles of equity & equality among our city’s schools is a challenge. Our district has a higher percentage of students than the state average in the areas of economically disadvantaged students, students with disabilities & English language learners. Yet even with these challenges, the school district has a talented group of educators, administrators & a new Superintendent who are well equipped to continue and lead along with the new School Committee. We need to have a common sense team approach to tackle this challenge with a goal of removing the Level 3 labels from any school in the district (currently Brophy, Fuller, McCarthy & Wilson). I believe this approach must be backed up by data, educator education/training & a robust grant application process to take advantage of all possible non-city funding sources - all done in support of ensuring equal opportunities for student achievement across all schools.
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