I need your #1 vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7!

I need your #1 vote on Tuesday, Nov. 7!

Tuesday, November 7 is Election Day, and I need your #1 vote!

As a long-time activist and social worker, I have brought my experience in the public schools, my effectiveness at bridge-building, my ability to foster open and inclusive dialogue, and my demonstrated success in developing active civic engagement within communities to the Cambridge School Committee.  That is why I am running for a third term for the Cambridge School Committee.

But I cannot continue to do this without your support.

I am asking you to help Re-Elect Kathleen Kelly by giving me your #1 vote on November 7.

Let your friends and family know why you are supporting me with your #1 vote for Cambridge School Committee. They can learn more about me and my work at:  http://www.kathleenmkelly.com/

Now completing my second term, my work and my accomplishments give me a deeper understanding of the issues facing the Cambridge School Committee and our community.

I have used my strong analytic and evaluative skills and my social worker’s understanding to create policies that address the challenges so many of our families and students face. This expertise has served me well as Budget Co-chair the past two years and as Chair for both the Special Education Subcommittee and Curriculum and Achievement Subcommittee.

In the transition with our new superintendent, I helped build a strong working relationship between the School Committee and Superintendent, placed student learning at the center, expanded effective social-emotional learning, and implemented budget planning that is proactive and transparent.

In my second term, I have led the efforts to ensure that diversity and inclusion are at the center of the Cambridge Public Schools. I successfully introduced School Committee motions to:

  • Conduct inclusion & diversity training for School Committee and City Council (this training is required for CPS staff and City of Cambridge employees);
  • Remove outdated and inappropriate language in the CRLS dress code policy — language that was not supported by the CRLS principal, CRLS students, or CPS parents;
  • Bring the new Elementary Language Program to all CPS elementary schools using the 2017-2018 Budget process; and
  • Oppose “Question 2” in 2016 that would have lifted the cap on charter schools.

I also recognized that gender identity was not included in the list of protected classes in the CPS Rights & Responsibility Handbook, so I worked collaboratively with CPS staff to create a gender identity policy and protocol for all students from JK through 12th grade.

I have also prioritized outreach and listening to the community through a new, more inclusive budget process and through three “Community Conversations” addressing concerns about testing and assessment.

You can also see my endorsements from organized labor and read the National Association of Social Workers MA-PACE endorsement to see why they support my reelection:  http://www.kathleenmkelly.com/updates/

Make a plan to get out and vote #1 for Kathleen Kelly on Tuesday, November 7!


P.S. Please consider making a contribution of $250, $100, $50, or whatever you can afford:  Donate online at https://secure.actblue.com/contribute/page/kathleen or make checks payable to “Committee to Elect Kathleen M Kelly” and send to Victoria Harris, 5 Maple Avenue #1, Cambridge, MA 02139.

Photo: Mayor E. Denise Simmons introduces Kathleen Kelly as she kicks off her 2017 reelection campaign for Cambridge School Committee (Bethany Versoy/V2Visuals)

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