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I learned alot by attending this debate. We have been fooled for so long in this city. I have been fooled. Lets start with starbard. the youth are our foundation, yet he is giving a young boy and his mother a hard time to play in a band. he uses a hockey story to explain.what? also his tech experience is fixing cars does he even have a college degree. Last I heard the programs were closed while he was on school committee. I did not hear him say he has one. Then Vin (1st place in primary) thinks the schools are clean and safe. Has he been in the schools since he retired or is he smoking something. Read the paper Vin! The best is Ford says that we do not apply for Green funding because it is not worth it and not enough.So you do nothing? Next we have Maria. What did she say and why is she there? Capano glad you can read from your notes that were provided by a lawyer! Donna not bad, but you need work on why our schools are in such poor shape while you have been on the board for so long, why we are not looking for funding, supporting our teachers or parents! Finally, I have to say I was happy and impressed with Defilippo and Gallo. Although, Gallo does not stand a chance. 28yr not married, no children, no experience in education or working with youth. My vote is going to Defilippo given her education, passion, being a teacher and parent. She will have a tough battle dealing with the other 5 who make it. This should be interesting. I hope people do there homework this time before voting.
You raise a number of good points, but I think you've misjudged Gallo's qualifications. I agree, its just I'm going to vote for Gallo too. He is young. But, I'd argue, part of the current problem is that a lot of the same people have been on the School Committee for over a decade. New blood isn't the worst idea. Check out his website: http://charliegallo.com:“In addition to practicing law, Charlie is an educator. He currently teaches a course in State and Local Government as an adjunct instructor at North Shore Community College.... Since 2008, Charlie has served as a member of the Citizens Advisory Board, which reviews grant applications for youth programs, non-profits, and othercommunity development programs in Lynn.”Gallo grew up in Lynn, and he's stayed. He bought his first home here, on Boston Street, because he cares about this community. You say he doesn't have any children like its a negative. I disagree. I think its to his credit that he's not running out of self-interest because he wants what's best for his little Johnnie/Susie, but out of a more general sense that he has skills and energy that will help an entire generation of Lynn residents. In the same vein, Gallo is likely able to better relate to the experience of current students because he graduated ten years ago not thirty! Besides, the school committee isn't the PTA. The School Committee's focus is big-picture, curriculum and administration of the school system questions. Gallo currently teaches a course at North Shore Community College. I'd guess that means he has some insight into the ways that local students are and are not prepared for the "real world" when they graduate. And, clearly he has an understanding of the type of decisions that go into developing and executing a curriculum.