Fran Cronin

Fran Cronin
2015 Candidate for Cambridge School Committee

Home address:
1 Kimball Lane
Cambridge, MA 02140

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Tel: 617-497-2115
Facebook: FranCroninForCambridgeSchools
Twitter: @facronin

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About Fran A. Cronin –

I’m a first-term member of the Cambridge School Committee seeking re-election on November 3, 2015. I have worked hard to ensure passage of policies that support every student's ability to graduate from high school with the capacity to pursue his or her dreams. Whether that dream is to be a certified technician or a graduate from a two-year of four-year college, I believe every Cambridge student can and should leave our high school with the skills and confidence necessary to succeed.

Since coming to office, I have crafted and advocated for policies that bridge Cambridge's vast resources with our schools and students. I championed and led the effort to:

  • Insist that all third grade students achieve grade level literacy skills;
  • Introduce a phonics program that supports our students’ varied learning styles;
  • Enhance mentoring of principals, assess programs and renew efforts to fulfill the promise of a robust after school program at our Upper Schools;
  • Increase non-academic support to help our most vulnerable students overcome barriers to learning due to circumstances outside the classroom;
  • Take a fresh look at the high school's vocational education program with an eye towards building a curriculum aligned with the needs of our 21st century STEAM-driven economy and builds bridges between our schools and the resources available right here in Cambridge;
  • Provide greater communication of curriculum reform and the use of technology as an instructional aid.

This fall, prior to the November election, I will be working with my colleagues to recruit and hire the next Superintendent of Cambridge’s public schools. Our new Superintendent’s first steps will be to update our district-wide improvement plan; to continue to strengthen our schools and to assure the success of all our students. I will work to make sure the leadership transition is smooth and will help build a shared vision for our schools that is not only informed by the administration, the School Committee and our teachers, but by our most vital constituency, our students, our families and our community.

Eighteen years ago, I became a widow and moved to Cambridge with my two young children. Today, I’m the proud mother of a recent CRLS graduate and a son who will be finishing high school next year. My family understands first hand that academic rigor alone does not ensure academic achievement. Many students who face challenges outside the classroom may require non-academic supports to help them succeed in the classroom. I will vigorously advocate for a robust art program in every school and a stronger bridge between our schools’ and our city's mental health resources. We need to create a more seamless system of care both inside and outside the classroom to support our students and their families.

In my second term, I will continue to advocate for policies that harness and align Cambridge’s vast resources to maximize support of our teachers, students and families. In addition to ensuring an effective leadership transition with the new Superintendent, I will advocate for a systemic, district-wide improvement plan focused on supporting our teachers and increasing student achievement. I will fight for renewed academic opportunity while we focus on well-being for all students.

Working together, these strategies will propel our students of today to become the leaders of tomorrow.

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