As a graduate of the Cambridge Public Schools, parent of 4 CPS students, and a 4 term Cambridge School Committee member, I have a deep knowledge of the CPS system and am deeply committed to public education. One of the reasons I ran for City Council was because it is my belief that if we are going to close the achievement gap then we need to expand and provide high-quality, affordable early childhood education. That’s why one of my first orders of business when joining the Council was to call for the creation of an early childhood education task force. As a result the City formed a task force which issued a report with a series of recommendations. Click here to read the report. We are currently in year two of a 5 year plan.
This is why I called for the creation of the Mayor’s Commission on Income Insecurity. As Chair of this commission, I worked with city officials, nonprofit leaders and members of the community to answer the question: “What does it really cost to live in Cambridge?” We then looked at how many families are “Income Insecure”, meaning they may not be “In poverty” but still do not earn enough money to meet their daily needs. To review this document please click here.