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.

Monday, June 9, 2008

Support Those who Support Education

Kathy Whitehair, a Cove and Briscoe parent who has been active in the override and budget debate has sent us this letter. It is a call to action to stay involved, and to support those in state and local government, who have been most supportive of education.

Many, many thanks for all the time, efforts and financial donations given on behalf of retaining the highest quality of education in our great city of Beverly. While the result of the city-wide vote was not in the favor of override, let us not forget that almost 4,000 citizens heard the cry for Beverly to stand as a community which prioritizes education. With this future statement of commitment to education, I believe that Beverly will be the complete package: coast, parks, recreation, city services, cultural diversity, ethnic restaurants, arts, and, yes, dare I say it, highest quality education!

The task now? Support those who support education! We are almost 4,000 strong and will grow as we better articulate the true financial picture, and frankly, as the city feels the "pain" more.

So, stay tuned, stay committed and keep talking! Attend the meetings and call your city council and school committee representatives. Let them know that you are watching for their stance re: education and that you'll not forget come election time.

For starters, as most of us know, our State Representative Mary Grant is an outstanding supporter of education, and was a terrific and very public supporter of Yes! For Beverly.

Mary is kicking-off her re-election campaign this Wednesday, June 11 at the Rose Garden in Lynch Park from 5:30-7:30. Although Mary is running unopposed, it is very important for education advocates to demonstrate their support for Mary.

Please consider attending this event as I am, bring the family, and please, pass the word to any pro-education friends in Beverly.

Rain location: Cove Community Center.

All are welcome!

Thank you,
Kathy Whitehair

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