Had a great time on All Politics Is Local on Milford TV.
At one point John asked what I’d prioritize when I first get into office.
That’s easy: education, education, education.
As I’ve often said, one particular statement from a Blackstone school committee member has stuck with me. They couldn’t remember the last time the conversation was about improving education, just where to cut next.
Fixing the funding formula is only one part of fixing the problem; the where to cut next part. We also have to talk about how to improve education.
In my conversations with superintendents, educators, and parents, one issue continues to come up. They feel that we have not given the proper skills training for our children entering the workforce. Voc-tech schools in this area have done wonders, and schools like BVT should be applauded for the program they have been running.
But, the reality is, there are problems. Unfortunately, the more selective admissions process that has been implemented by vocational schools has led to many students that would excel in a trade education being left behind. BVT has over 600 prospective students on their wait list. In addition, there are countless programs that aren’t offered in distict that lead to exhorbant costs on our local school districts when a student decides to take advantage of them.
As I’ve said many times before, a zip code should not determine someone’s access to educational opportunity. Some like our country’s current secretary of education, think the answer is to privatize much of our country’s education system. We’ve seen the result of that kind of thinking in communities like Southbridge; resources are being sapped away and local public school districts are struggling.
I reject this approach. Instead, I truly believe empowering public education is the best investment that we can make as a nation.
It is time to give our local schools the resources to bring back the trades and other career based education. We need to allow schools the opportunity to offer more classes which count towards college credits. As students graduate high school with the equivalent of an associate’s degree, they cut their student loan bill in half. When someone graduates high school with four years of coding experience under their belt, they have the tools to excel in the job market. We can allow students to fan their sparks of passion into full blown flames by the time they graduate.
My friends, this is possible, and it is possible without having to sap funds from our local school districts.
We need to look past this rut we are in, and towards the possibilities of tomorrow. This will be a priority of mine on Beacon Hill. More to come.
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