Signed in as:
Signed in as:
"I am a registered nurse at a regional urban hospital and want to bring the values of assessing patients to achieve positive health outcomes to the Plymouth School District to achieve better education outcomes for our students and our taxpayers."
"I am a career voter and property taxpayer in Plymouth. I am not a politician. I never want to become a career politician. But I don't want to sit on the sidelines either."
"I am seeking the position of a school committee member to help advocate for our students, their parents, guardians, residents, and taxpayers to create a thriving school district where our students are proficient in the core disciplines and are inspired to become leaders of competence, conscience, and compassion."
"I will bring accountability to our school district where our parents, guardians, residents, and taxpayers have a leading voice and input into who, what, where, when, why, and how our students are taught and how our taxes are expended."
"I will be your advocate to make sure our school administrators, staff, and school/town officials are accountable and fulfill our goal to teach our students HOW TO THINK and NOT WHAT TO THINK to learn to become critical thinkers, problem-solvers, creators, entrepreneurs, and innovators."
"The purpose of a school budget should be to ensure that necessary and sufficient funds are appropriated for the district and that a balance is managed between needs and resources in the allocation and expenditure of our tax dollars."
Plymouth Schools has the 18th largest budget out of 302 Massachusetts school districts. We spent over $19,500 per student in the fiscal year 2021 based on data from the Mass DOE.
Plymouth South High School is ranked 186th out of 378 Massachusetts high schools, with a 52% rate of advanced placement (AP) participation.
Plymouth North is ranked 194th, with a 43% rate of AP participation.
Those ranks must improve. Our schools are barely meeting middling expectations compared to statewide results. And in some areas, Plymouth schools are below the Mendoza line for simply meeting expectations. https://profiles.doe.mass.edu/general/general.aspx?topNavID=1&leftNavId=100&orgcode=02390000&orgtypecode=5
The answer is that Plymouth schools need a common-sense, back-to-the-basics, fundamentals-based education.
In our middle and high schools, our focus must be S.T.E.A.M. (science, technology, engineering, arts, and math).
We also need to promote dual-track college preparation and vocational learning. The one-size-fits-all approach seldom works well for each and every student.
To improve our results and rankings, we need to get back to the basics and teach our students HOW to think and not WHAT to think.
We need to prioritize academics over activism, instruction over indoctrination, ideas over ideology, and free thought and expression over dogma and correctness.
We need to promote the equality of opportunity over the equity of outcomes.