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Jean Flegenheimer: Elect candidates who will speak for school employees

Published: 9/9/2019 10:00:11 PM

As we start a new school year, I want to thank the community that supported our school employees in our contract fight and all our school employees who stood together united in demanding fair pay and respect. We could not have gotten this new contract without that amazing support.

If you want to continue to support school employees to build the best schools possible for our children, our work is not done.

We need to continue to demand transparency from our administration, and we need to continue to demand respect for our talented school employees. Did you know that our superintendent is not evaluated by the whole School Committee, but rather by three committee members handpicked by our mayor? The days of this old boy network need to be done.

Teachers need to continue to demand a seat at the table before any decisions are made. We are the ones closest to the children and know best the impact of any decisions on them.

One of the best ways to support transparency and a voice for school employees is to elect a School Committee that will listen to all of their constituents and not just be a rubber stamp for administration.

We have some wonderful new candidates running for Northampton School Committee. Check out Kate Cardoso running at large, Emily Serafy-Cox for Ward 3, Kaia Goleman for Ward 7, Dina Levi for Ward 5, and some that are running again that are working for transparency, like Susan Voss, at large.

All of these candidates are committed to issues of equity within our schools and to creating the best schools possible for all of our students. For all those who support our school employees, our schools, our children and our city, nothing is more important than a School Committee that can really listen to its constituents.

Get out there and make this happen! Campaign! Vote! Spread the word!

Jean Flegenheimer


Jean Flegenheimer is beginning her 17th year teaching in the Northampton Public Schools.

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