Gail at book signing

Welcome to my campaign for Newton School Committee from Ward 8! As the parent of two Newton-educated children, and a former Newton TAB editor, Boston Globe correspondent and Village 14 blogger who’s covered Newton for nearly two decades, I’m excited to have the opportunity to bring my experience and perspective to the Newton Public School system. I’m especially honored that City Councilors Marc Laredo and Rick Lipof are co-chairing my campaign! I  hope you’ll join them in supporting me and voting for me on Nov. 7.

I’m running for School Committee because I want to help all Newton families feel as lucky to call this city home as my family does. I’m so proud of the young adults my NPS-educated children have become, and I’m immensely grateful to our school system for its part in sparking my children’s constant thirst for learning.

I love and appreciate the Newton schools, and I’ve spoken with and listened to enough students, parents, teachers and administrators to understand that there’s always room for improvement. The most important goal for our schools should be to meet the needs of all students, regardless of learning style, special needs, or background. We need sound fiscal management and a forward-looking approach that excites children and cultivates a love of learning. You can read more about my priorities here.

As a journalist who built my career covering Newton, I can make a difference on the School Committee. I’ve analyzed and reported on a myriad of issues that affect our children; I’ve written about NPS successes and struggles; and, I’ve interviewed hundreds of administrators, teachers and students over the years.

Now, I want to bring that experience, knowledge and perspective to the School Committee.

Our families need School Committee members with demonstrated experience understanding the subtleties of the various issues that come before them. I believe I can make our great schools even better by asking hard questions, weighing tradeoffs, and making informed decisions.

Like all School Committee seats, this is an at-large position and all registered Newton voters can select my name on their ballots.

I look forward to hearing from you and getting to know you. Please vote for me on Nov. 7!