My Goal in Blogging
I started this blog in May of 2008, shortly after my election to the School Committee, because I believed it was very important to both provide the community with an opportunity to share their thoughts with me about our schools and to provide me with an opportunity for me to ask questions and share my thoughts and reasoning. I have found the conversation generated on my blog to be extremely helpful to me in learning community views on many issues. I appreciate the many people who have taken the time to share their views. I believe it is critical to the quality of our public schools to have a public discussion of our community priorities, concerns and aspirations.
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
As I've said repeatedly, the election on March 31st is a very important one for the future of the Amherst schools, and I hope that all community members will take the time to become educated about each of the candidates. The League of Women Candidates' Forum took place this evening, and I'm sure will be shown on ACTV regularly over the next 2 weeks. There will also be statements by each of the candidates in the Bulletin this week. In addition, the ACE group (Amherst Committee for Excellence), which School Committee candidate Steve Rivkin and I co-founded in December of 2007, has asked each of the candidates questions to help inform voters (the ACE group does not endorse candidates). Their answers are now posted on the ACE website (http://ace-amherst.org), and I encourage you to read these responses to learn the candidates' views about particular challenges currently facing the schools. And just to be clear: as I've said repeatedly, I like and respect all three candidates (Irv Rhodes, Steve Rivkin, Meg Rosa), and as a current member of the School Committee, I am not endorsing any candidate. This is a great opportunity for the voters to choose which candidate(s) they believe best shares their goals for the Amherst schools as well as strategies for achieving these goals.
Posted by Catherine A. Sanderson at 10:23 PM