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, February 17, 2009

Stand for Children

Significant, positive, and lasting change in education and education funding will not happen at the local level. There are many like-minded and energized folks in Beverly who are frustrated about their ability to stay informed and make a difference.

To that end many Beverly citizens have attended different Stand for Children events over the past four years, most recently a Stand conference held in Reading a few weeks ago. Stand for Children is a grassroots organization dedicated to lasting change in education in Massachusetts and across the country.

We are interested in creating a Stand for Children chapter here in Beverly to give our kids—who have no voice and no vote—a big Beverly voice at the State House and beyond.

On Thursday, March 12 at 7 pm there will be a Stand for Children presentation titled What’s Next? Advocating for Education in Beverly and Beyond in The Sohier Room at the Beverly Public Library.

Speakers will include Chris Gabrieli, former gubernatorial candidate, and chairman of Massachusetts 2020, a group dedicated to expanding the economic and educational opportunities for children and families across Massachusetts.

Leaders from other Stand for Children chapters in Massachusetts will also speak.

There is power in numbers. The events of the last year show that there is a large group of citizens in Beverly who can organize and act on behalf of our kids and future generations’ kids. Please join in this conversation. We need to make sure that we keep the momentum going after last year’s difficult but community-building series of events.

For more information please contact Julie DeSilva.

3/5 UPDATE: Today's Salem News has the story.