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.

Sunday, February 28, 2010

State Rep Candidate to Hold Forum for Parents

Brett Schetzsle, the Republican candidate for State Representative from Beverly is holding a forum for Beverly parents of school-age children this Thursday, March 4, from 7:00-8:30pm at GAR Hall, 8 Dane St.

Schetzsle is one of three announced candidates for the seat being vacated by Mary Grant.

This race should be of particular interest to school advocates because many of the funding issues plaguing the city's schools over the past decade are a direct result of state government policies.

Local aid to all cities and towns has been cut drastically over the past decade, the Chapter 70 funding formula further underfunds Beverly schools, and the state legislature has repeatedly failed to act to control the biggest drain on municipalities' budgets: the soaring cost of health care and pensions.

While a newcomer to state and city politics, Schetzsle has had much to say about these issues on his blog, and with the race wide open, this is a good opportunity to discuss issues of state education funding directly with one of the candidates who could represent Beverly at the state house in the fall.

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