This site aims to inform and mobilize Beverly parents to take an active role in all issues related to the funding and operation of the city's schools. It was launched in the spring of 2008, when the city saw its first-ever override attempt fail, followed by the closure of a nearly-new elementary school. Subsequent years have seen further cuts that have led to larger class sizes across the district. While the opening of an impressive new high school and plans to replace the city's aging middle school give us reason to be optimistic, the school community must be ever vigilant in demanding appropriate school funding by city and state governments, and better community communications from the district and School Committee.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Beverly Education Roundtable and Forum

Thursday night, The Beverly Education Roundtable will hold a forum at Endicott College. The group, founded in August by Mike Cahill, a former state representative and teacher, is based on the notion that partnerships with various schools and colleges, businesses, nonprofits, and other organizations can provide greater opportunities for students.

"The idea is we've got some amazing and unique resources in this community, and why not create Beverly into a real center?" Cahill said.

The forum will feature
Paul Reville, the state's incoming Secretary of Education.

While the forum's focus seems to be primarily on higher education and industry, it would also be a good opportunity to discuss what greater role these schools could play in their host communities' public schools, and to ask Reville to speak to the State's role (increasing mandates and decreasing funding) in the current budget situation in Beverly and many other communities.

The forum will be held:

Thursday, May 1, 7:00 to 8:30 p.m.
Endicott College's Wylie Conference and Education Center
295 Hale St.
Admission is free and open to the public
You can read more about the forum here.

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