What We Need is Real Equity in Our Schools

By: State Rep. Francisco Paulino

As a state representative, I am deeply dedicated to fighting for equity in my community. Equity is not just about treating everyone the same, but it is about addressing the systemic barriers and inequalities that prevent certain groups from having the same opportunities for success.

The difference between equality and equity is that equality aims to give everyone the same resources and opportunities, regardless of their needs or circumstances. But, this approach doesn’t always result in equal outcomes. Equity, on the other hand, seeks to level the playing field by giving people what they need to overcome any barriers they may face.

In the Merrimack Valley, we have a problem that more than half of the high school graduates from Lawrence and Methuen do not pursue a college degree.

The only education they have is a high school diploma, which lacks computer science and financial education. This is unacceptable and limits their future prospects and opportunities.

That’s why, as a state representative, I am working with public school officials to create and enhance early college classes, vocational programs, and apprenticeships. I believe that by providing these resources, we can give our young people the skills they need to succeed in today’s rapidly changing job market.

My goal is to give every member of our community a real chance to succeed. The Merrimack Valley is a mine of talent, and it’s our responsibility to tap into that potential. By investing in education and skills development, we can help our residents reach their full potential and contribute to the growth and prosperity of our community.

In conclusion, I believe that equity is critical to creating a fair and just society, and I am committed to using my role as a state representative to work towards that goal. I will continue to work with my colleagues, educators, and members of the community to ensure that every resident has the resources and opportunities they need to succeed. Together, we can build a brighter future for our community.

As always, you can email your ideas and concerns at franciscopaulino9@gmail.com ◊