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Tuesday, August 17, 2021

John Barros (巴洛斯)提重整麥迪遜公園技職高中計畫

                  (Boston Orange整理編譯)波士頓市長候選人巴洛斯今早召開記者會,公佈重組麥迪遜公園職業高中,並大幅增加波士頓市政府投資的計畫。

               巴洛斯在過去7年中歷任波士頓市學校委員會委員暨波士頓市經濟發展長。他在數名麥迪遜公園技職高中校友陪同下,說明重新架構,重振,並重新調整麥迪遜技職高中的看法。

           巴洛斯希望把這所建於1975年的學校,變成地方上的優異樞紐。他認為麥迪遜技職高中應該像波士頓拉丁學校一樣受人重視,並充分發揮潛力。他要啟動麥迪遜技職高中的校友網、朋友圈來讓這遠景成真。

            巴洛斯提出了六大計畫,包括成立獨立的學校董事會,編列獨立預算。他表示將和波士頓公校總監,麥迪遜技職高中之友合作,催化該校教學科目的現代化,以期學生所學能跟上時代科技更新的腳步。

             他也要和地方企業合作,讓學生們獲得更實際的就業體驗,彌平各行各業在教學內容和實際工作之間的差距。

         巴洛斯日前呼籲啟動40億元的學校建築募款活動,以期波士頓市的每一所公立學校都能享有最現代化學校設施。(更新版)

John Barros Releases Plan to Restructure and Revitalize Madison Park Technical Vocational High School

BOSTON - Candidate for Mayor John Barros today released a comprehensive plan to restructure and significantly increase the City of Boston’s investment in Madison Park Technical Vocational High School, Boston’s only vocational high school. At a press conference this morning, Barros, a former Boston School Committee member and Chief of Economic Development for the last seven years, was joined by several school alumni to outline his vision to restructure, revitalize, and realign Madison Park Technical Vocational High School so it can become a regional hub of excellence.

“Madison Park Technical Vocational High School is an important resource for Boston’s youth, adults, and for the long term strength of our workforce and economy. But since it opened in 1975, it has been under- resourced, underinvested, and underserved. Decades later, this one-of-a-kind institution is still in need of more financial resources and partnerships. We can’t wait any longer,” said John Barros. “It’s time that we significantly increase our investment in Madison Park, and give it the kind focus and attention it deserves in order to fully realize its potential. It’s a diamond in the rough. Madison Park can and must shine just as bright as Boston Latin School. As Mayor, I’m excited to celebrate Madison Park’s strengths, activate its alumni network, and work with the Friends of Madison Park to make this vision a reality.”

As part of his six priority plan for Madison Park, Barros highlighted the need to create an independent school board and independent budget, which will work in collaboration with the Superintendent and Friends of Madison Park. This structural change will catalyze the modernization of the school’s programs to prepare students for the jobs of today and the future.

“Currently, having Madison Park under the same financial and organizational structure as other Boston Public Schools does not allow the level of specific attention that is needed to maximize the full potential of Boston’s only Technical Vocational School. The successful career and vocational schools in Massachusetts have both the autonomy and the responsibility to design their schools to best meet their student needs,” said Barros. “More school based control of its own budget will allow school leaders to make decisions on the school’s specialized programs, improve its ability to fundraise, and increase transparency to encourage more parents and partners to support an innovative curriculum.”

Barros also highlighted the need to modernize the school’s programs to align with the future of work in order to provide students with hands-on training for careers in nascent industries and attract sustainable, engaged, and invested private partnerships.

“Madison Park must leverage Boston’s business and community partnerships, and fill in gaps to create holistic trade programs. I will modernize vocational programing for the future of work and establish partnerships with local businesses and Boston’s tech sector to grow hands-on training for the jobs of the future,” said Barros. “​​This means after-school, evening, and weekend certification and apprentice programs, a focus on the digital economy, construction, the green economy, and advanced manufacturing technology, and making sure we are upskilling and re-training those who have lost employment and those who are returning citizens.”

Barros’ full plan for Madison Park Technical Vocational High School can be found on his campaign website. Yesterday, Barros called for a $4 billion school building campaign to ensure that every Boston student has access to world-class quality schools and state-of-the-art campus spaces in their neighborhood from birth to when they begin a career. For all policy proposals and campaign information, please visit www.barrosformayor.com.

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