SPRINGFIELD, Mass. (WGGB) –It’s for the future of young students that teachers, parents, and officials filed into the auditorium at Springfield’s High School of Commerce Sunday. The 4th annual United in Hope, Celebrating Education event aims to raise awareness at just how powerful the connection is between the community and education. “Some of the key processes in the plan like we have new regulations in Massachusetts aligning all our curriculum to the common core, the new education evaluator system, talking about improving instruction in every class every day, the importance of data across the district and using data for instruction and improving safety nets for kids,” said Daniel Warwick, Superintendent of Springfield’s Public Schools.
The newly appointed superintendent’s job won’t be easy, since Springfield has one of the highest dropout rates in the commonwealth. “There’s no excuse! There’s no excuse why our young people can’t continue to move forward and succeed. We have multitudes of young people, no matter what creed, color, or background who are doing great. But sometimes there’s that small percentage of negative young people that grab the headlines” exclaimed Mayor Domenic Sarno, upset that the auditorium was not full.
The community echoes Mayor Sarno’s sentiment. They say it’s going to take more than one person to fix this problem. “We have so many issues that we should be involved in to make the kids do what they need to do. Without strong families the kids go no place. We have to be supportive of the kids at home, at the schools, and in the community,” Mattie Jenkins said.
“It’s always important that we keep our eye on the vision and keep our energies on the same goal and we can all reach it together,” added Robin Sanchez.
Graduation and drop out numbers will be released in January.