1. Improve learning and achievement, particularly in math. Math is the language of the 21st century for both the job market and civic life. We need an urgent plan for math, the goal of which should be to prepare every student to take advanced math classes in high school.
2. Ensure adequate staffing in every school and classroom. We’ve made some improvements to our staffing levels in the past few years, but our district still has an average class size on par with Medford, Salem, Somerville, and Pittsfield, cities with far fewer resources than Cambridge has. We need more trained educators in our classrooms, and more social workers to provide wraparound services to struggling families.
3. Make preschool, afterschool, and summer programs accessible to all. Cambridge is moving forward with universal early childhood education, but we still have families who can’t afford an enriching afterschool and summer program for their children. We need a system that ensures universal access to out-of-school time education.
4. Create more real-world learning opportunities at the high school. Cambridge Rindge and Latin High School has some wonderful internship and apprenticeships opportunities, but not all students know about them or are able to participate. We need a comprehensive system that provides every student with a well-designed immersive work experience matched to their interests.