I’m accompanied today by many of the teachers at the Parker Elementary School, who are here to express their commitment and dedication to the children of New Bedford.
The NBEA and the administration all share the same goal—educating our children to the best of our ability. So the union wants to affirm its commitment to working with the new principal of Parker and the new superintendent to bring Parker up from Level 4.
We know that in many cases, the state’s turnaround plans have had very positive effects. Just this year, 14 Massachusetts schools designated underperforming have met their turnaround goals and have shed their Level 4 status. Some of those schools are now at Level 1. We can do the same for Parker.
Parker has already made some modest improvements without a large influx of resources. But there are other things we need—such as supplies and technology—that could do an enormous amount of good.
We know this is a challenging process and we don’t expect improvements to happen without bumps in the road. Our teachers will want their expertise and knowledge to be tapped and their voices heard during the process, but the union and the administration—working together, with the right resources and sharing a sense of purpose and commitment—can get the job done.