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Teachers Union Submits Endorsements of School Committee Candidates

Tuesday, June 23, 2015

 

The Worcester teacher's union has formally announced their school committee endorsements for this Fall's upcoming election.

The Educational Association of Worcester (EAW) has voted to endorse who they believe "best embody the advancement of public education." The endorsed candidates are Dianna Biancheria, Donna Colorio, Molly McCullough, John Monfredo, and Brian O’Connell.

“The EAW-endorsed candidates all share a clear understanding of the strengths and challenges within Worcester Public Schools, and commend the achievements of our city’s students and teachers,” EAW President Len Zalauskas said. “They also respect Worcester teachers as professionals, and recognize their commitment to students in the face of unfunded mandates and ever-growing education reform demands. The 1,500 EAW members who live in Worcester look forward to casting their votes for the endorsed candidates in November.”

The union's endorsement process included a questionnaire, written response submission, and the interviewing of Worcester School Committee candidates.

Biancheria, Monfredo and O'Connell currently serve on the School Committee and are up for re-election.

According to the EAW, "these candidates support the EAW’s call for safe schools, engaged communities, and a moratorium on high stakes standardized testing. The EAW and its members will collectively and individually support these School Committee endorsements by participating in campaigning and other activities."

 

Related Slideshow: 10 Worcester School Committee Candidates

Here are the 10 Worcester School Committee Candidates that have pulled nomination papers.

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Dianna L. Biancheria

Incumbent

Biancheria was first elected to the committee in 2009. She is a graduate of North High School in Worcester and was the Chief of Staff for former Mayor Ray Mariano. Biancheria recieved the third-most votes in the 2013 election.

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John L. Foley

Incumbent

Foley has the second-longest tenure on the committee being elected in 1999. Foley serves on Clark University's Board of Trustees and is the school's Vice President of Government and Community Affairs.

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John F. Monfredo

Incumbent

Monfredo spent 20 years as principal of Belmont Community School before being elected to the School Committee.

Monfredo has been on the Committee since 2005.

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Tracy A. O'Connell Novick

Incumbent

Novick has been on the Worcester School Committee since 2010. In 2012, she served as Vice-Chair of the Committee.

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Brian A. O'Connell

Incumbent

In 2013, O'Connell received the highest amount of votes (8,146 or 15.7%) of the current six school committee members. 

A graduate of Holy Cross College and Harvard Law, O'Connell was first elected to the committee in 1983. 

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Hilda Ramirez

Incumbent

Ramirez made an unsuccessful bid for school committee in 2011, but was elected in 2013 as the only newcomer on the committee. Ramirez served as the Executive Director of the Worcester Youth Center from 2008-2012.

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Nick D'Andrea

Nick D'Andrea has been living in Worcester since 1973. A father of two, D'Andrea has one child in the Worcester Public Schools.

He has been a long-time umpire and used to contribute to the Telegram and Gazette.

D'Andrea is currently a Sales Operations Project Manager for Hewlett-Packard. 

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Cotey J Collins

Cotey Collins is currently a senior at Worcester Technical High School.

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Carlos C Perez

Perez is a graduate of Doherty High in Worcester

He is the owner A. Alternative Pest Solutions.

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Molly O McCullough

McCullough is the daughter of retired Forest Grove Principal Maureen McCullough.

Molly is currently the Chair of the Planting the Seed Foundation.

 
 

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