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.

Tuesday, June 3, 2008

Voters turn out; Shirts turn in

A few bits of information that have been reported on the Salem News Heard in Beverly Blog:

There were several incidents involving shirts this morning.

Dr. Hayes has confirmed that students wearing YES shirts at the five elementary schools that serve as polling places, have been instructed to turn the shirts inside out.

Hayes said a poll worker at the Cove notified school officials that the law prohibits political campaigning within 150 feet of a polling place.

“I talked to the principal (Karla Pressman) and decided the best thing was for the kids to turn it inside out and use it as a teachable moment,” Hayes said. “To some people it may seem minor and inconsequential, but in reality there’s a law.”

Also, Yes! for Beverly leader Tracey Armstrong was not allowed to vote while wearing a YES shirt at the Cove, and a similar incident occurred this morning at North Beverly.

The blog also reports that turnout was strong in early morning voting at the Cove with 14 percent of voters having voted by 10 am. That's on a pace of at least a 50% turnout, according to the News.

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