Erasing the academic disadvantages of poverty

The city of Somerville, Massachusetts, population 77k, has slowly grown into a reputation of excellence over the last decade — excellence in budgeting, in governance, in healthy living, in public television, in community. But one critical area where excellence has not been so clear is in education.

When compared to all 244 districts in the state, Somerville scores below average on standardized testing in every subject, in every grade. But this data doesn’t tell the full story. Somerville is one of 24 school districts designated as Urban School Districts in Massachusetts, a designation which incorporates district size and socioeconomic diversity, among other things.

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Somerville Times - Meet the Candidates

Submitted to the Somerville Times in response to a questionnaire, October 9, 2013.

What do you feel is the most important duty of the School Committee?

Enabling students to reach their potential is the primary goal of Somerville Public Schools, and the most important way the School Committee accomplishes this is through the budget – by knowing and advocating for the needs of families in Somerville, making tough trade-offs to support those needs, and fighting for resources.

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Somerville Labor Coalition, 2013 Responses

Submitted to the Somerville Labor Coalition in response to the 2013 Questionnaire, for the SLC-hosted Candidate's Nights on September 3, 2013.

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