We Put No Faith In The MCAD

The Massachusetts Commission Against Discrimination has received another complaint from one of the administrative heads of the Everett School Department.

About seven months ago, the MCAD received a detailed complaint from School Superintendent Priya Tahiliani.

She made detailed claims of racism and sexism against the mayor and the school committee.

The complaint sat for months at the MCAD.

For whatever reason, the MCAD chose not to pursue the claims.

This, despite the fact Tahiliani is a woman of color and she made claims of racism and sexism which included the mayor.

Mind you, maybe the MCAD was too busy, or Tahiliani’s claims were too evil for a bunch of bureaucratic lawyers to touch.

Then again, the MCAD could have simply sent the complaint on to the Attorney General’s office where nothing would have been done unless of course a crime had been committed.

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A shining moment in the life of City Year

EPS plays a prominent role in opening day celebration

Superintendent Priya Tahiliani (right) helped welcome AmeriCorps members to the 2022-2023 school year as part of City Year Greater Boston’s annual Opening Day event, further highlighting the flourishing partnership between the Everett Public Schools and one of the nation’s preeminent educational service organizations.

“I had the distinct pleasure of working with City Year during my 19 years in the Boston Public Schools,” Superintendent Tahiliani said during her remarks on Friday, September 9th at the Hotel Commonwealth. “So, I have known very well the incredible impact that City Year Corps members have on our students. And I must say that bringing City Year to the Everett Public Schools has been one of the highlights of my superintendency.”

With critical support from Chief Financial Officer Anu Medappa Jayanth and Budget and Grants Director Shirley Peng, Superintendent Tahiliani welcomed City Year to Everett at the start of the 2021-2022 school year. There are five-member AmeriCorps teams in all Everett’s five K-8 buildings — the Keverian, Lafayette, Parlin, Madeline English, and Whittier. Everett is the first city outside of Boston to partner with City Year, necessitating a name change to City Year Greater Boston.

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“Using Pope John solves part of overcrowding,” Tahiliani claims

Pope John XXIII HS campus. (Photo by Jim Mahoney)

Should ideally be used as a 7th and 8th grade facility; New high school 10 years away

By Josh Resnek

Monday evening’s School Committee meeting was spearheaded by Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani and a seamless presentation she made outlining the most reasonable, affordable and timely reuse of the former Pope John High School.

Mayor Carlo DeMaria did not dismiss the possibility he might change his mind. He even suggested dialogue and meetings and repeated his claim that “my door is always open.”

“I’d love to be Santa Claus,” the mayor said. “There are people starving in Everett,” he claimed. “People can’t pay their taxes. People can’t afford to live here anymore. But I’ll meet with you and go over the plans,” he told Tahiliani.

The mayor did not provide evidence of people starving in Everett. There have been no reports of starvation here. He answered Tahiliani’s opening remarks and confronted School Chair Jeannie Cristiano by saying teaching kids inside closets in the Everett public schools isn’t as bad as what he sees.

“I see kids living in closets every day. Day in and day out,” he said. He did not provide evidence of where he had viewed children living inside closets, or who owned the homes where this was supposedly happening and he did not discuss ordering enforcement efforts, if any, to prevent such situations.

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Back to School: 2022-2023

Special to the Leader Herald

The Everett Public Schools will open its doors to students for the first day of 2022-2023 on Wednesday, August 31st, as administrators and educators look forward to an academic calendar free from the restrictions, apprehension, and caution that have characterized much of the past two school years.

“Anticipation for the start of any school year is sky high,” said Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani. “In our lead-up to next week, I sense renewed energy and enthusiasm among staff and families. We are looking forward to providing our students with a complete range of in-person, interactive, and engaging learning experiences, and extracurricular activities.” Students in kindergarten through Grade 9 will have a half day of school on August 31st. Everett High School (EHS) 9th graders will complete an orientation session with principal Dennis Lynch and EHS leaders, so there is no school for 10-12 graders on the 31st.

Thursday, September 1st will mark the first full day of school for students in kindergarten through Grade 12.

There is no school on Friday, September 2nd through Tuesday, September 6th due to the Labor Day holiday and the primary election on September 6th. All students, including those enrolled in the Pre-Kindergarten Program at the Adams and Webster Extension, will report to school on Wednesday, September 7th. At that point, the 2022-2023 School Year will be in full swing, at all grade levels.

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Mayor Facing Major Fight Attempting To Have Superintendent Removed

Tahiliani v DeMaria Moves Center Stage

By Josh Resnek

Sending Superintendent of Schools Priya Tahiliani packing might well become a defining moment in Mayor Carlo DeMaria’s effort to clutch victory out of the jaws of recent defeats.

City Clerk Sergio Cornelio’s convincing reappointment vote by the city council two weeks ago was not one of the mayor’s finest hours.

The 7-3 affirmative vote by the city council, which would have denied Cornelio’s reappointment to a five year term six months ago, represents an extraordinary turnaround and one which reveals how the mayor’s political fortunes are changing.

Cornelio’s victory was the mayor’s defeat, plain and simple. Even the mayor would have to admit this if any of his chief appointees or attorneys felt it necessary to ask.

The dynamics of the mayor’s effort to find a new superintendent rather than to renew Tahiliani’s contract implies this: he needs for the school committee to refuse to renew her contract in December.

December might seem an eternity away but the time will pass quickly.

What might well have been an 8-2 vote of the school committee some months back to be rid of Tahiliani is now very likely a tie vote, with the tie vote losing.

It is impossible to know where city politics will be in December.

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