Proposed Somerville school budget promotes early learning

Posted by Monica Jimenez, May 21, 2014

Superintendent Tony Pierantozzi’s proposed $60.3 million school department budget for fiscal year 2015 focuses on improving early childhood education and other School Committee goals, according to Finance Director Pat Durette... read more

School Committee Approves 2014-2016 Goals

Posted April 7, 2014

After months of review and deliberation, the Somerville School Committee voted unanimously to approve the following goals, which take effect immediately and will serve the 5,000-student district through the 2016 school year... read more


Editorial: Somerville School Quality

Posted March 20, 2014

In an open letter last week to the Journal, Selena Fitanides, an education activist who unsuccessfully sought to open a charter school in Somerville in 2011, expressed her opposition to a proposal for a more fair assessment of school... read more


Somerville Unofficial Election Totals

posted on city's elections website, November 6, 2013

School Committee Ward Two: Dan J. Futrell, P1 168, P2 249, P3 232, 649. Michael D. Nionakis P1 91, P2 70, P3 53, 214... read more


Election Results in Somerville

posted by Chris Orchard, November 6, 2013

The Somerville Board of Aldermen will have five new members, and the Somerville School Committee will have three new members. The shape of Somerville city government changed Tuesday as voters elected five new... read more


Unofficial Election Totals from the Somerville Election Department

posted by Chris Orchard, November 6, 2013

Here are election results from the Nov. 5, 2013 city election in Somerville. These are "unofficial election totals" provided by the Somerville Election Department on election night. Below, you'll find the candidates' names, followed by how many votes... read more 

Rossetti, Niedergang win Somerville Aldermen seats

Brock Parker, November 6, 2013

Somerville School Committee chairwoman Mary Jo Rossetti has been elected as an alderwoman at large and School Committee member Mark Niedergang was elected as the Ward 5 Alderman, defeating sitting Alderwoman Courtney O’Keefe Tuesday... read more


Many new faces to join City Hall after Somerville elections

Posted November 5, 2013

Somerville politics saw several big changes Tuesday evening, as another appointed alderman lost to a challenger and four other first-time aldermen were voted in to office. Mayor Joe Curtatone, running unopposed, was handily... read more 

Somerville election Tuesday features contested aldermen races

Brock Parker, November 4, 2013

Somerville’s municipal election Tuesday will feature contested races for seats on the Board of Aldermen and the School Committee. Polls will be open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. throughout the city Tuesday, Nov. 5. Seven candidates are running for four... read more


Somerville aldermen, School Committee candidates raise more than $260,000

Dan Atkinson and Monica Jimenez, October 31, 2013

The 33 aldermen and School Committee candidates did not have nearly as big a haul as Mayor Joe Curtatone, but still pulled in substantial figures, totaling more than $260,000. After raising $15,880 before the preliminary election, Ward 3 candidate... read more


Candidate Profile: Dan Futrell

posted by Chris Orchard, October 28, 2013

For Somerville Patch's 2013 election guide, we asked all candidates running for office in Somerville the same three questions, and we posted their answers without editing them. Here are the responses from Dan Futrell... read more


Somerville Journal Endorsement

Somerville Journal, October 24, 2013

Futrell’s education and policy experience through his job at Boston nonprofit Year Up makes him a good pick, as does his emphasis on helping the city’s parents get involved with their government. We endorse Dan Futrell for Ward 2 School Committee... read more


Character in Somerville, Mass.

by Dan Futrell, Somerville Patch, October 19, 2013

Standardized testing doesn’t measure the qualities we want most in our young adults. Think of the last time you sat down to interview for a job. You probably submitted a resume and cover letter, and you probably went through some process that included a... read more


Erasing the academic disadvantages of poverty

by Dan Futrell, Somerville Patch, October 19, 2013

Somerville’s standardized testing data shines a light on important successes in the classroom. The city of Somerville, Massachusetts, population 77k, has slowly grown into a reputation of excellence over the last decade — excellence in budgeting... read more


Meet the Candidates: School Committee

by Dan Futrell, October 9, 2013

The candidates for School Committee were each asked four questions and invited to describe themselves and their vision for how best to serve their ward as School Committee members. Their responses are presented here in alphabetical order, based on... read more

   Somerville Labor Coalition

Dan Futrell Candidate for Ward 2 School Committee Responses 2013

by Dan Futrell, September 3, 2013

Responses to 2013 questionnaire for endorsement from the Somerville Labor Coalition, in preparation for the September 3 Candidate's Nights.


RADIO: A Progressive Conversation, with Andrea Miller

August 16, 2013

Abbreviated transcript from a 60-minute radio interview with Andrea Miller and Terrence Dicks... read more


Meet the candidates for Ward 2 School Committee in Somerville

Monica Jimenez, July 23, 2013

Two candidates will vie for the seat of outgoing Ward 2 School Committee member Teresa Cardoso in Somerville’s fall election. Following Cardoso’s announcement this year that she will not seek reelection, former U.S. Army Captain and nonprofit youth... read more

   Progressive Democrats of Somerville

Progressive Democrats of Somerville Endorsement

PDS Press Release, July 22, 2013

Dan Futrell, whom PDS members enthusiastically voted to endorse in Ward 2, would bring to the Committee not only budgeting and organizational experience gained as Director of Operations at the nonprofit Year Up, where he... read more


Candidates Talk New High School, Charter Schools at Forum

by Chris Orchard, July 9, 2013

Candidates running for Somerville School Committee discussed the prospects of a new high school, charter schools, criteria for hiring a new school superintendent and other issues at a forum Tuesday sponsored by the Somerville Progressive Democrats... read more

  Progressive Democrats of Somerville

Dan Futrell Candidate for Ward 2 School Committee Responses 2013

by Dan Futrell, July 8, 2013

Responses to 2013 questionnaire for endorsement from the Progressive Democrats of Somerville, in preparation for the July 9 Candidate Forum.

 Boston Globe

After 10 years, the three lessons of the Iraq War

by Dan Futrell, March 19, 2013

Like many, I rationalized the US incursion into Iraq as, “I don’t know whether Iraq has WMDs, but Saddam is a brutal dictator and removing him from power is worth our effort.” With 10 years of hindsight, I can say... read more

 Huffington Post

Top 5 Reasons Veterans Support Elizabeth Warren

by Dan Futrell, August 21, 2012

Veterans benefit from the military's very strong, values-based organization. From the moment you begin training as a soldier, leaders consistently emphasize the importance of values so that you can instinctually rely on them when... read more

 Warren For Senate

Meet our volunteer: Dan Futrell 

by Diane Masters, July 24, 2012

Last Fall, Somerville resident Dan Futrell, a decorated Iraq veteran with five years of active duty in the Army and two Bronze Stars, got involved in his first political campaign to support Elizabeth Warren. Futrell, who was drawn to... read more 

  Make US Strong

Development For A Brighter Future 

by Dan Futrell, December 1, 2011

While patrolling the streets of Baghdad in 2006 and 2007, we often found that the more educated neighborhoods like al Mansour, with larger homes and flowered yards, were also the most peaceful. Of the families that stayed through... read more 


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