Published in Sentinel & Enterprise
Submitted by Jennifer Bassett
As an educator in Leominster Public Schools as well as a taxpayer in Leominster, I have a vested interest in the future of our children, our city, and our state. I want to see Leominster thrive and the state become the place where young people of today can grow into successful leaders of tomorrow. Our children are learning the skills, knowledge, and humanity they will need to keep our society moving forward. It is incumbent upon us to provide equitable opportunities and standards for all of our schools in the district and state, so we can ensure an equitable and stable future. I am voting for Sue Chalifoux-Zephir for state senator this November because she understands the connection between the way we treat our children today and the success of our future.
Recently, I had the opportunity to listen to both Councilor Chalifoux-Zephir and Sen. Dean Tran's thoughts about education in a debate at Leominster High School. When asked about their views on school policies such as curriculum and safety, Chalifoux-Zephir expressed support for ensuring all schools have equitable opportunities for learning and that all students are safe whether they are on their school campus or on a field trip. Tran, on the other hand, said he believes the state should not attempt to mandate curriculum, regulate accountability, or even ensure safe public facilities for our children. It was his view that every school should do whatever the individual principals want to do because all schools are different and do things differently.
Tran's plan is disturbing. In short, Tran's system would increase the disparity among schools and jeopardize our future. We need all of our students to become strong leaders of society, and Sue Chalifoux-Zephir is the person who will make this happen.