An advocate for schools, students

Robert D. Peters

January 30, 2014

I am thrilled to support Bonnie Brodner for re-election to the Lexington School Committee. Bonnie is a passionate advocate for our schools and our students. She doesn’t lose sight of the needs of all constituencies of the schools, including teachers, staff, students and parents and she works hard to ensure that all are valued and heard in our diverse school system. As a community, we must make sure that the schools serve all students and help them to maximize their potential.

As the world becomes more interconnected, Bonnie has worked hard to advance the educational programs especially by getting the administration to create a World Language Committee to further foreign language study in our schools. From the earliest possible time, we need to encourage learning foreign languages so that our students will be better prepared to compete in a rapidly changing global economy.

At the same time, Bonnie has advanced a committee on Youth at Risk. While we have a tradition of high achievers in our schools, there are always some who are less well-served, and need more support. Bonnie does not forget those students and she makes sure that the administration doesn’t forget them either. She makes sure that no one is forgotten.

Equally significantly, Bonnie has worked to reduce or eliminate some of the user fees that unfortunately had become common in our schools. Over the term that Bonnie has served us on the School Committee, the fees for full day kindergarten and for instrumental music in the elementary schools have been eliminated. Additionally, bus fees have been lowered. This is critical for the furtherance of a free public education, and it is the right thing to do.

On Monday, March 3, I hope that you will join me in voting to re-elect a hard working and committed advocate for our schools, Bonnie Brodner.

Robert D. Peters

Fifer Lane

This letter originally appeared in the Lexington Minuteman in print on January 30, 2014.

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