The CEA asked all 2017 Cambridge School Committee Candidates to answer the following eight questions about issues that are important to our members. The questions were emailed to all candidates at the email listed on http://vote.cambridgecivic.com/ on September 28 and were told to respond by Monday, October 16. Candidates were asked to keep their answers to a few sentences. All responses received by October 16 were copied and pasted as they were sent (no grammatical or other editing was done except for line breaks and white space.) Any responses received after that date will be posted as soon as practicable after they are received.
Responses are available at the links below both by question and by candidate. Thank-you to all candidates who responded.
- What do you believe highly effective schools should look like?
- What steps should/could the School Committee take to promote diversity and equity for students and staff in the Cambridge Public Schools?
- What do you believe the role of educators should be in school leadership and decision-making?
- What role, if any, do you believe educators and families should have in the evaluation of school and district administrators?
- What is your view on the role of standardized testing in Massachusetts schools?
- Did you support Question 2 last year, and what is your view on the role of charter schools in public education?
- For years, administrators, educators, and families have complained about “initiative fatigue” in Cambridge Public Schools. What current programs, activities, or policies do you think CPS could eliminate / de-prioritize in order to better serve students overall?
- What outcomes would you look for to measure the success of the new district plan framework?