Equity in Boston Public Schools
SCHOOL FUNDING: DO YOU SUPPORT CHANGES TO THE CURRENT WEIGHTED STUDENT FUNDING FORMULA that would provide all schools a “floor” of basic services provided to all? (Y/N)
How would you suggest we address the inequity in school funding within BPS?
SEGREGATION & STUDENT ASSIGNMENT: A recent report found that the current “home-based” student assignment system has increased segregation in our schools. DO YOU BELIEVE SEGREGATION IS A CRITICAL PROBLEM FACING BPS? (Y/N)
If yes, what changes would you propose to the current assignment system to make it more equitable?
EXAM SCHOOLS: Do you believe that the student population of each of Boston’s exam schools should more closely reflect the diversity of Boston’s population of children in grades 7-12? (Y/N)
If yes, what changes would you suggest BPS take to reach this goal?
DO YOU SUPPORT CHANGING THE CURRENT ADMISSIONS SYSTEM FOR BOSTON'S EXAM SCHOOLS (current system is based on grades and the ISEE test)? (Y/N)
PRIVATE FUNDRAISING: Some BPS elementary schools raise hundreds of thousands of dollars per year, and Boston Latin School recently raised $53 million in its capital campaign. Schools with more affluent families and access to private funding use these funds to supplement the money that they get from the state and city, widening the equity gap among BPS schools. WOULD YOU SUPPORT CHANGING CURRENT PRIVATE FUNDRAISING PRACTICES IN BPS SCHOOLS TO MAKE THEM MORE EQUITABLE?
IF YES, what changes would you propose to ensure schools without access to this private money are not being left out?
SCHOOL COMMITTEE: The Mayor currently appoints all members of the school committee, who are then responsible for making policy decisions for Boston Public Schools. DO YOU SUPPORT A CHANGE IN BPS GOVERNANCE TO ALLOW BOSTON VOTERS THE RIGHT TO ELECT SCHOOL COMMITTEE MEMBERS, LIKE EVERY OTHER CITY IN MASSACHUSETTS? (Y/N)
IF YES, please describe the model you would suggest.
IF NO, please explain your reasoning for this position.
STUDENT VOTE ON SCHOOL COMMITTEE: Currently there is one member of the Boston Student Advisory Council (BSAC) on the School Committee, but they are the only member of the school committee that cannot vote. DO YOU SUPPORT THE STUDENT/BSAC REPRESENTATIVE HAVING THE RIGHT TO VOTE? (Y/N)
Legislative, Policy and Campaign
CHARTER SCHOOLS: Have you been involved in any legislative efforts or ballot campaigns related to charter school growth or regulation? If yes, please provide more detail below.
2016 QUESTION 2: How did you vote on Ballot Question 2 in 2016, regarding raising charter cap? (Y/N)
Please explain your reasoning for supporting either side of that question.
CHARTER MONEY: Have you accepted or would you accept campaign contributions from charter school lobbyists, advocates, or activists? (Y/N)
Please explain your reasoning for this position.
LEGISLATIVE ADVOCACY ON EDUCATION: Briefly list any involvement you have had in legislative efforts or ballot campaigns related to other aspects of education, particularly around funding and/or equity.