Community Preservation Act in Arlington

This week’s little drama seems to be revolving around the appearance of the Community Preservation Act ballot question on the October 9 School Committee agenda, followed by the removal of the agenda item. Let’s set the context. On May 7, after a debate that extended over two nights, Arlington Town Meeting voted 128-77 to place […]

Amending the Minuteman Regional Agreement

Tonight’s remarks under Arlington Town Meeting Article 21, AMENDMENTS TO THE DISTRICT AGREEMENT OF THE MINUTEMAN REGIONAL VOCATIONAL SCHOOL DISTRICT  As a former member of the Minuteman Regional School Committee, I know that our relationship with Minuteman is a complicated mix of partnership and competition. We are partners in educating Arlington students, yet we also compete […]

Minuteman Budget Blues

As a former member of the Minuteman Regional School Committee, I know that our relationship with Minuteman is a complicated mix of partnership and competition. We are partners in educating Arlington students, yet we also compete for students. We need Minuteman to provide the specialized and expensive vocational programs that individual towns cannot provide on […]

Did you know?

The Arlington Public Schools enrolls 4,903 students (October 1, 2012). Our students are 77% white, 10.7% Asian, 5.1% Hispanic, 3.2% African-American, 3.8% multiracial. 11.5% of our students have a first language that is not English, and 5.0% are classified as Limited English Proficient. • 100% of Arlington high school graduates complete the MassCore curriculum. • 98.2% of […]

Spanish immersion?

My recent post regarding change.org came as a result of the following “petition.” I am writing to let you know that I want broader-reaching foreign language instruction beginning in September 2013 in our elementary schools. Implementing comprehensive foreign language programs (immersion, FLES & after-school) in Arlington will keep our public schools competitive while providing essential […]

Arlington School Committee – FY 2014 Budget Timeline

The Arlington School Committee is beginning its preparation for the FY 2014 budget. Members of the public who want to have a say on the contents of the FY 2014 budget should pay attention to the budget calendar that we adopted in October. Please mark your calendars so you can be informed about the decisions […]

Overarching Goals

The Arlington School Committee is participating in the District Governance Support Project, a joint project with the Massachusetts Association of School Committees, the Massachusetts Association of School Superintendents, and the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education. A product of this work was the Overarching Goals of the Arlington Public Schools, which we adopted at […]