League of Women Voters
2017 Candidate Questionnaire
Do you support the proposed new City Charter? Why or why not?
I applaud the Charter Commission members, many of whom I know personally and respect. As a School Committee candidate, listening in hundreds of conversations, 2 things are clear to me: 1.
Newton voters are educated and informed, and will make choices based on their understanding of what is best both immediately and in the long term 2. School Committee representation is by Ward, elected at large. As a School Committee member, my firm commitment is to represent all students regardless of Ward.
Do you support privatizing any part of school operations? Why or why not?
Before even considering it, I would want evidence that outsourcing would result in significant and meaningful benefits for the district, including but not limited to financial benefits. Then the School Committee would need to consider all of the issues and determine what is in the best interests of the entire school system. As a candidate, I have not seen any confidential information on the topic. No option should or would ever be considered that would put our children at risk for safety.
If you were to write a school transportation policy, what would be your key components?
Our school transportation policy should be a collaborative effort between the school system, local organizations and city agencies, supporting families in finding multiple safe routes to and from school. Encouraging kids to walk or bike to school for the physical and emotional health benefits including brain activation and reducing stress is highly important. My experience collaborating with agencies and organizations in Newton would allow me to be an effective leader in this effort.