“Prioritizing public education is one of the most powerful ways to address inequality and become an equitable, just city. I have a plan to build world-class schools in every neighborhood, fully fund them, and deliver opportunities for the next generation in every corner of our city.”

John believes our schools are and should be about more than academics. They are anchors for our neighborhoods; places where young people can grow as individuals and as members of a supportive community. Right now, we need to increase our investments in public education and the resources provided to our educators and students, with an emphasis on 21st-century instruction, the arts, social-emotional supports, student health, and addressing setbacks our students have faced throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.


John is the only candidate for Mayor with experience in the building of new schools and community centers.

  • As Executive Director of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative (DSNI), John led a highly collaborative grant application process with 36 community partners and won a $5 million Promise Neighborhood planning grant from the US Department of Education, and later a $6 million implementation grant.

  • These grants were pivotal in the effort to turn around Orchard Gardens K-8 Pilot School, Dearborn Middle School, and Burke High School, and established a new in-district charter, the Dudley Street Neighborhood Charter School.

  • Also during that time, John led the community engagement and three-month Article 80 process for the design and construction of the Salvation Army Kroc Community Center, as well as the project’s unprecedented hiring practices and workforce requirements.

As Boston’s first Chief of Economic Development and a member of Mayor Marty Walsh’s cabinet, John helped oversee the design and construction of multiple new or renovated schools, including:

  • the Dearborn STEM Academy, a brand new, $70 million state-of-the-art middle school STEM facility;

  • the Boston Arts Academy, one of the nation’s leading public arts high schools;

  • the Eliot Innovation School, one of the only Boston public schools with a K-8 robotics & engineering program; and

  • the Josiah Quincy Upper School, Boston’s only high school offering the rigorous International Baccalaureate pre-college program.

John has a record of bringing everyone to the table to work with communities and private partners in order to deliver results for Boston’s students and families.

As Mayor, John will invest $4 billion in new buildings and campuses throughout every neighborhood 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.

John’s plan includes:


  • Modernizing systems for health, safety, climate management and adaptation, with new school buildings designed to anchor micro-grids;

  • full digital connectivity and wireless internet across each building and campus;

  • State-of-the-art designs in every school for inspiring classrooms, science labs, libraries, athletic spaces, art studios and theaters, which will be aligned with adjacent or proximate BCYF community centers that extend their campuses; and

  • Creating neighborhood campus areas with outdoor spaces that aid in heat and flood mitigation, outdoor classrooms, play spaces, and community spaces.

  • Fully funding resources for English Language Learners, students with special needs, and low-income students at every school to close opportunity gaps and ensure that all schools have adequate numbers of educators, counselors, nurses, paraprofessionals, and other school staff.

John’s plan will be financed by a combination of City of Boston funds and private partnerships.

  • The City of Boston is in a strong bonding position because of the work John did with the Walsh administration that supported 7 years of AAA bond ratings.

  • John will leverage the City of Boston’s AAA bonding authority, including issuing energy efficiency and climate resiliency ‘green bonds,’ to build new schools in every neighborhood.

  • John’s plan will build on the Boston Public School’s BuildBPS plan by using public-private partnerships to fast-track the construction of a new generation of world-class schools as part of community campus hubs that support a range of supports for students and families.

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Just as this campaign is a community effort, this policy plan has been informed by a diverse group of residents, policy makers, and community organizations who reflect Boston's ingenuity, passion, and future. In this policy you will see your voice reflected and your neighborhood priorities front and center. I am incredibly grateful for the hours, data, and guidance leant to support this effort. I welcome continued feedback and suggestions from all corners of the city, because I know that policies are most successful when led by the community.
Now, more than ever, I have the opportunity to bring all voices to the table to create a Boston that brings prosperity and justice for everyone.Together we can create a Boston where nobody is left behind.
Thank you for reading and helping to shape Boston's future, I look forward to working with you.