Roberta Schaefer’s Testimony at the Worcester Public Schools’ Listening and Learning Session, May 4, 2010, Flagg Street School

Dr. Boone, Dr. Mulqueen, members of the School Committee, and fellow parents and residents. Thank you for the opportunity to offer my observations and suggestions for changes in the Worcester Public Schools. I do so on the basis of 25 years of accumulated knowledge and research in my capacity as head of The Research Bureau, 11 years as a member of the Massachusetts Board of Education during the formative stages of implementing the Massachusetts Education Reform Act of 1993, 3 years as a researcher at the US Department of Education, and perhaps most important, 33 years as a parent who considered the education of her children her most important responsibility.