Today's Boston Globe has a story that most of us can relate to: The supply lists sent out by teachers requesting "donations," of classroom supplies. The items requested range from crayons to report covers to, in some districts, toilet paper. As far as we know, it hasn't come to bring your own toilet paper yet in Beverly, but we probably dropped close to $100 on our two lists at Staples last week.
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.