I just got an email from John Connolly, stating that he is running for Mayor of Boston. This pleases me very much. I have known John for several years, going back to his first “At-Large” run, and although I am not a member of his campaign team, (full disclosure) I probably will be a volunteer soon. The following is a cut and paste from his email.
I am running because every child deserves a world-class education from the Boston Public Schools. In fact, Boston’s future depends on the quality of our schools. The success of our schools directly impacts our ability to build safe, healthy, and livable neighborhoods for everyone, as well as our ability to create jobs, attract talent, and retain families in Boston.
Changing our schools is not beyond our reach as a city, it is a matter of political will and a bold desire to challenge the status quo. As a former teacher and a current Boston Public School parent, I know firsthand that urban schools can succeed. As your City Councilor, I’ve also learned how much work still needs to be done. Mayor Menino is a good man, and I respect his deep commitment to our city – but transforming our schools requires new ideas, new energy, and new leadership.