Education

Here are just some of Maura's accomplishments and positions on Education:

Pilot Schools:

  • Maura was instrumental in the plan to create the hugely successful Patrick Lyndon Pilot School, which has been called "the Boston Latin of the elementary school system." The Lyndon School pilot set a precedent for easing enrollment guidelines, and marks her continued commitment to offering parents more and better educational choices. The Lyndon School is the only comprehensive K-8 school in Jamaica Plain and Parkway area.

  • Recently, the School Department has decided to move the Lyndon Lower and Upper Schools to a single site on Mt. Vernon Street in West Roxbury. With this increase in space, Maura is working with the Lyndon Site Council and the School Department to secure another K2 strand of classrooms. Click here to read Maura's OpEd piece that appeared in the West Roxbury Transcript.

  • As Chair of the ways and mean committe, Maura was able to secure the $2 million needed for the Boston Public Schools to purchase the building at 174 Ipswich Street. This building is now home for the Fenway High School, one of the oldest and most successful pilot schools, and the Boston Arts Academy, Boston's first High School for the visual and performing arts.

    Quality Programs and Facilities:

    • As a supporter of quality education, Maura believes that every family should be able to attend a school of their choice. Maura demands excellence in academic programs and quality school facilities for our children. Mauraís continued efforts will help present parents with the best and broadest academic opportunities from which to choose for their children.

    • Maura is working with parents and administrators to create more K-8 programs such as in Joyce Kilmer and Ohrenberger schools. Maura used her knowledge and experience to guide parents at the Murphy school in Dorchester in creating a K-8 program.

    • Because room to expand is almost non-existent within the City, Maura is trying to leverage modular classrooms at the Lyndon Upper School for use by the Kilmer as well as other schools in Boston. Click here to read her letter on this to Superintendent Payzant. This letter is not limited to the Kilmer as the two modulers can be placed anywhere in the city.

    • Our kids can only learn if their school buildings and environments are healthy. As a result, Maura is a leader in the fight for healthy indoor air quality, and sponsored and passed an ordinance to improve indoor air quality standards in city buildings and schools, like Jamaica Plainís Agassiz School. She also helped secure funding to beautify the playground and surrounding grounds in other area schools.

    Financial Literacy:

    Some people never establish a savings or checking account, nor create a financial plan with income, expense and saving targets. Instead, they use check cashers and rent a centers, pay exorbitant fees and never establish a solid credit history. Councillor Hennigan believes that with information and knowledge, people will be able to make better choices with their money and, ultimately, gain greater financial control and independence. In order to bring financial knowledge to the people who need it, Maura is working with the following:

    • Non-profits to train young people to begin creating the habits that can lead to financial independence.
    • Boston Public Schools to get financial literacy training into the curriculum.
    • City of Boston to bring financial literacy training to their employees.
    • Groups that work with battered women to increase the their safety and that of their children by helping to increase their financial knowledge and stability.
    • Gave her salary increase ($7,000) to 7 Boston non-profits to help them explore setting up financial literacy and/or (Individual Development Accounts) IDA programs:

      • South Boston Neighborhood House
      • Freedom House
      • Allston Brighton CDC
      • Codman Square Health Center
      • Hyde Square Taskforce
      • West Roxbury YMCA
      • Christ Church of Hyde Park

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