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I am running for School Committee because public education is the great equalizer in our society and all children have a right to a high quality public school experience. As a member of the Cambridge School Committee, I will view my work through the lens of three key values: Equity, Access, and Excellence.
I believe that the School Committee plays a central role in understanding concerns about specific situations as they arise and examining them as part of larger policy questions. The public policy work of the School Committee is built on those three focus areas, and as a member, I will emphasize its role as a policy-making body. For instance, as we work to develop the best ways to teach all students a world language from kindergarten through high school, the committee must consider what the overall goals and outcomes should be, while providing space for differences throughout the system to ensure that there is equity, access, and excellence in every school and for every student.
The role of the School Committee as a policy-making body begins with the vision and focus areas of the Cambridge Public School District.
“The Cambridge Public Schools will be a diverse urban school system that works with families and the community to successfully educate all of its students at high levels.
To those three focus areas, I would add two focuses for my work on the School Committee:
Improving achievement for all students.
Building a safe, supportive, nurturing environment in our schools.
Instituting long-range planning for budgetary and programmatic decision-making.
I will work to ensure that the School Committee and the District Leadership develop a common language and culture of shared responsibility and accountability in their appropriate roles. The superintendent should receive a constructive review from the School Committee as a whole as mandated by the new state guidelines.
Ensuring strong and positive working relationships among the Cambridge Public Schools, City of Cambridge programs, and nonprofit partners.
We should empower School Councils to evaluate their respective schools and develop an explicit working relationship between the School Councils and School Committee. This would be an additional communication channel to the present Citywide School Advisory Group (CSAG), which works directly with the District leadership.I will advocate that the School Committee focus its policy decisions on equity, access, and excellence. Equity is critical for all students to receive an education that leads to academic success and successful, civically engaged adult lives. Access to our wealth of educational resources and opportunities must be available to all students and families. Excellence requires us to provide necessary resources to address all our students' gifts and challenges in the classroom.
Kathleen M. Kelly Announcing Campaign For Cambridge School Committee
Cambridge, MA – Kathleen M. Kelly will announce her candidacy for the Cambridge School Committee at an event on June 26 at the Atomic Bean Cafe in Cambridge.
Kelly brings an unusual combination of education and experience, having both an MBA and an MSW. Her financial, analytic and evaluation skills will be assets to the School Committee in its work to determine and implement education policy in relation to the CPS budget. Kelly’s background in social work gives her a professional understanding of and insight into the challenges families and students face, and what can be done to support all students as they work to achieve their potential.
"I highly recommend Kathleen Kelly for election to the Cambridge School Committee. Cambridge is fortunate to have a candidate with her experience, education, perspective, temperament and knowledge of the city's diversity,” says Frank Duehay, former Mayor of Cambridge and former Assistant Dean, Harvard Graduate School of Education."
Kelly decided to run after receiving encouragement from friends and fellow public school parents from across Cambridge. “In Cambridge, we have a unique opportunity to realize public education's potential as an economic and social asset for all our students and our city. When my husband died and I became a single mom, the City of Cambridge programs and the Cambridge School Department resources made a difference to my family's well-being and my son's academic success. I believe every child's education improves when all families and students receive support for their particular challenges and gifts. With thoughtful policy decisions, our good public education system can become excellent for all our students,” said Kelly, explaining her reason for running.
As a member of the School Committee, Kelly plans to focus on three core values: equity, access, and excellence. Equity is critical for all students to receive an education that leads to academic success, as well as successful and civically engaged adult lives. Access to the wealth of our educational resources and opportunities must be available to all students and families. Excellence requires us to provide the resources necessary to address the breath of strengths and challenges our students bring to the classroom. Additionally, all students should experience high expectations from their teachers and through this experience learn to set high expectations for themselves. Kelly understands that the School Committee is ultimately responsible for using policies that reflect the social justice mission citizens have valued in the Cambridge Public Schools to address the challenges so many of our families and students face.
"Kathleen Kelly's decision to run for School Committee made it much easier for me to run for City Council,” said outgoing member Marc McGovern. “She is a thoughtful, level-headed collaborator who has the education, experience and commitment to make a significant difference on the School Committee. With an open seat, we need to elect someone who not only understands the educational issues facing our city but also knows how to work with others to pass sound policy for the good of all children in our district."
Kelly served on the King Open School Council and the King Open Extended Day Advisory Council. She earned an MBA from Simmons and an MSW from Boston College. As a social worker and activist, she has worked to create greater access to educational resources and opportunities for all children, mitigate the social and emotional effects of violence on youth, families, and neighborhoods, and engage parents with different experiences and backgrounds in public school activism. As a small business consultant, she worked with immigrants and women who created successful businesses. In 2012, she served as the Citywide Canvass Coordinator for the Elizabeth Warren campaign in Cambridge and is currently co-chair of the Ward 6 Democratic Committee. A resident of Mid-Cambridge for over 20 years, Kathleen lives on Marie Avenue with her husband, Brian Corr, and son, Liam, a CRLS freshman.
Kelly's campaign kickoff event will be on Wednesday, June 26, 2013 from 7:00 to 9:00pm at the Atomic Bean Cafe, 904 Massachusetts Ave., Cambridge. For more information, visit www.kathleenmkelly.com.
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