I will prioritize five key issues: (1) protecting school budgets during the pandemic, (2) centering the voices, inclusion, and safety of all PSB students, especially those who identify as AAPI, BIPOC, and LGBTQIA+, (3) expanding student mental health services particularly during the ongoing pandemic, (4) ensuring special education services that support every PSB student, and (5) working with students to confront the climate crisis in classrooms, buildings, and planning.
My experience has prepared me for each of these challenges:
1. As Executive Director of a nonprofit with a $47 million budget, I know that budgets are values statements. I will manage the COVID-19 recovery with progressive, smart budget management.
2. Through activism and as former CEO of Boston PFLAG, an LGBTQ+ civil rights organization, I have spent my life fighting racism, hate, and discrimination. I will center student voices, diversity, equity and inclusion, and be a relentless advocate for welcoming, safe schools.
3. As a survivor, mom of kids who struggle, and a mental health advocate, I will fight to expand mental health services so that our students get the support they need.
4. As the parent of two children on IEPs, special education is personal. I’ll support maximally-feasible inclusion, co-teaching, and student-centered services so every student can flourish.
5. I have worked and advocated on climate issues for many years and will collaborate with students to identify and implement strategies to achieve green, clean schools.
We must transform the lessons of 2020-21 into a resilient school system for all children.
I’m a mom of two PSB 5th graders, attorney, nonprofit leader, and civil rights activist. I am CEO of a nonprofit serving elders and disabled adults, Board Member of Brookline SEPAC, tSEPAC Representative for Out of District placements, and on the Driscoll School Principal Search Committee.