Minuteman FAQ: Why is there a referendum on September 20, 2016? The decision has been made by the Minuteman School Committee to construct a new building at a total cost of $144,922,478 million. The Massachusetts School Building Authority (MSBA) has committed to funding up to $44,139,213, the district must borrow the balance. Pursuant to M.G.L. Ch. 71, […]
The School Committee for the Minuteman Regional Vocational School has scheduled a special election on a proposed new school building. I will vote no as one Belmont voter — the Minuteman model is broken.
A postcard came informing me of a district-wide ballot to fund a new Minuteman High School. The ballot was needed because one of the communities (Belmont) declined to approve bonding. Minuteman said: “On May 4, 2016, one of Minuteman’s 16 member town meetings (Belmont’s) voted to disapprove the bond, effectively vetoing the project.” Belmont’s stance […]
This week, the Senate will vote on a major education package. It goes beyond the question raised on the November ballot about the expansion of charter schools. The legislation seeks to improve education for all the children of Massachusetts. My vote for the bill will be a vote to keep that goal alive on Beacon Hill.
I’ve been getting passionate feedback from both sides, but the tilt among has been against expansion. As this conversation continues, I hope we can keep ourselves focused on our own direct perceptions and Massachusetts-specific facts.
The Senate is considering legislation to expand charter schools in Massachusetts. I am deeply interested to know how parents feel about the proposed changes — I give great weight to parents’ perceptions about what approach will best serve their children.