As a former teacher, Linda knows education is the future of Fall River. Giving our next generation the tools to succeed in life is critical to putting our city on an upward trajectory. Graduating students must be prepared to transition into higher education or employment . This means we must prepare them with greater skills and training to meet the demands of the job market, which is essential to their future success.
Linda knows that it’s not how much money you spend on education; it’s HOW you spend your money on education! Linda will institute priority spending, bringing the emphasis back to the classroom where learning takes place.
Linda will maximize learning time in the classroom by giving teachers the paraprofessional support needed. This allows the focus to be on teaching. Lack of support in our classrooms has forced teachers to stop teaching in order to tend to behavioral issues. Interruptions that reduce learning time interfere with the continuity and effectiveness of the learning environment for all students. Every minute of learning time lost can never be recovered!
Linda will also address reintegrating outreach programs that have been outsourced. These outreach programs are critical in providing educational continuity. The present system is a bridge broken between outside agencies and the classroom. This inhibits the coordination between classroom and outreach services. Linda will establish a centralized and standardized protocol between all agencies for maximum effectiveness and interaction. This will insure that all students have a comprehensive and coordinated program between school and outreach services.
Linda will advocate for behavior modification programs such as “Stop Light” and alternative programs used to engage our students in social skills and encourage positive interaction with the classroom environment. Linda knows the importance of making the student’s classroom as productive and positive as possible. As a former social worker, Linda also understands how important coordinated outreach and after school programs are to students, especially those at risk. Our children are the future of Fall River and we must provide them with every opportunity to succeed! Linda will take her real life experience and use it to make the right choices for Fall River’s educational system.
Linda is the only candidate with an education background. Linda is the only candidate that has spent years working with at risk youth. Linda is clearly the candidate ready to lead our School Committee and our City!