MAYORAL CANDIDATE RESPONSES:
Monday, July 15 at Boston Ward 21 Democratic Committee Candidate Meeting, AllstonBoys and Girls Club, as captured by Bob Goodman:
I believe in certain cases ELT is important. For some schools,and some neighborhoods, programming can work. I don't think one sizefits all when it comes to ELT.
I would be open to the idea [of allowing after-school programmingin some cases] but I believe we need to make sure every child has the same access toa quality education that includes art and music. I do believe every child deservesaccess to arts, music, and sports.
: In statements following the 7/15 forum, Arroyo
continue to express openness
tofamily choice regarding the extended day. For reference:http://www.bostonglobe.com/Page/Boston/2011-2020/WebGraphics/Metro/BostonGlobe.com/2013/07/mayoralProfiles/arroyo.xmlhttp://www.mass-creative.org/felix_arroy_ctv_questionnaire
-------------------------------------Tuesday, July 16, 4:43 PM by email to Naama Goldstein
As Mayor, I will fight to provide extended learning time for theBoston Public Schools, but I will insist on a policy that allows every school communityto decide for itself whether and how it should expand its hours."
When structured, implemented and overseen correctly, there is evidence thatadding learning time to the school day benefits students. While I support efforts to expand theschool day, it is equally important that the diversity and needs of our schools and families arerespected when making decisions that will impact them.As a father, I recognize and understand that it is important for children to have time outside of school to spend with their families or friends or to be, simply, outside of school. Additionally,there
are important aspects of our students’ lives that cannot be fulfilled by our schools, such as
health care, art and music lessons, and cultural and religious activities and observances.As Mayor, I will fight to provide extended learning time for the Boston Public Schools, but I will
insist on a policy that allows each school’s community –
parents, teachers, and administrators
tohave the autonomy to make decisions affecting it, and to decide whether and how it should expandits hours. It is important t
o acknowledge and value the school community’s knowledge and
concerns in any decision made about the school. Furthermore, when additional school hours areinstituted by the school community, I would expect there to be an opt-out provision available forfamilies.