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, November 3, 2008

Question 1's Impact on Beverly

Beverly schools stand to lose nearly $10 million a year in state aid if voters approve Question 1, and eliminate the state income tax in tomorrow's election. This, according to a town-by-town breakdown on the Vote No on Question One website. After seeing what a $2.5 million budget gap caused last year, we can only imagine what would be in store, if $10 million disappeared from the schools' annual budget.

While Eliot Margolis & his Citizen's for Fiscal Responsibility group strongly support the measure, most truly responsible voices from all sides of the political spectrum say this is a reckless and dangerous proposal.

Just a sampling of voices against this proposal:

The Beverly Citizen
The Boston Globe
Massachusetts Taxpayers Foundation
The Boston Herald
The Salem News
Mary Grant

We encourage everyone to Vote tomorrow, and to Vote No on Question 1.