Strengthening Our Public Schools
Term One Achievements
Education is essential for the success of our youth, but there are several barriers that prevent our city’s young people from receiving a high-quality education. As Co-chair of the Human Services and Veterans Committee, a graduate of Cambridge Public Schools, and member of the Family Policy Council, championing issues important to families and children remains a cornerstone of my council work.
Children’s Savings Accounts:
The City has promised to develop a funding system to ensure that a Children’s Savings Account (CSA) will be an option for each kindergartener in the city. I first proposed CSAs in early 2018—these are long-term savings or investment accounts that provide incentives to help children ages 0-18, especially low-income children, build dedicated savings for post-secondary education.
Expanding Access to High Quality Preschool
I’m advocating for the City expanding its own preschool capacity by opening additional classrooms to better meet the needs of Cambridge families and advocating for more funding in scholarships for low-income children to attend high quality community based preschools.
In addition, I’m fighting to:
Increase reimbursement rates to raise the wages of early educators.
Provide vouchers for low-income families to put toward childcare.
Expand after-school programs.
Increase local reimbursements for special education.
Lower class sizes (K-3).
Increase the household income limit for the Cambridge Department of Human Services tuition assistance program for preschool and afterschool programs.
Improve efforts to support English Language Learners.
Prioritize recruiting and retaining a diverse teaching force.