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Committee to Elect Piotr Mitros

For excellence in the Cambridge Public School District

Hello!

Piotr Mitros with Son

I’m Piotr Mitros, and I’m running for your Cambridge School Committee.

Why I am running

The Cambridge School District is performing greatly below its potential. We spend $27,569 per student – more than double the national average and the fourth highest in the state. We have connections to top education programs at schools such as MIT, Harvard, Lesley, and Tufts. We have some of the greatest teachers in Massachusetts. However, we still have several failing schools. Many richer parents are choosing to leave the district, either for the suburbs or private schools, while many poorer children are failing basic math and literacy exams. We know how to solve these problems. We’ve solved these problems in many places, and in many different ways. I’ve personally lead many projects which have lead to tremendous learning gains, both for disadvantaged and advantaged students worldwide.

In short, I think we can do better. I have the experience closing outcome gaps, in helping students succeed, and in helping organizations perform at a very high level across a range of settings. I’d like to bring that experience to improve your schools.

I’m also the proud father of a child entering CPSD, and I’ve already seen several things which have concerned me. Making positive change happen quickly is an absolute top priority for me. That’s why I’m running.

What you can do to help

First, you can talk to me or email me. I’d be interested in your thoughts about how we can make the school district better.

Second, you can donate to my campaign, help spread the word, and remember to vote in November. Local elections are surprisingly expensive (consider the cost of even a single mailing to the about 50,000 registered voters, or even just the 13,000 active voters)

Finally, you can join my committee and help the campaign as a volunteer.

My background

I’ve seen good ideas and bad ideas in educational systems all around the world, and in diverse educational research communities. I would like to work to integrate these to make our school system better.

Platform

A few more thoughts

Ideas I support, but not in my platform

These are things I believe in, will work towards, but which may be out of school committee control:

Helping Cambridge (even you don’t vote for me)

My hope is that having learned a lesson from the recent kerfuffle in national politics, we can work together to make sure we avoid similar ones in local politics. Even if you don’t vote for me, please educate yourself about the candidates, vote, and especially encourage others to do so as well. Anything you can do – work mailing lists, social mailing lists, or otherwise – to drive people to be knowledgeable and involved – will help make Cambridge a better city.