Boston is the birthplace of public education in America, and right now, our city has an opportunity to lead the nation once again in educational excellence in the post-COVID era. Every student, in every neighborhood, deserves access to a world-class education that meets their needs from birth to college to career. 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. Prioritizing public education is one of the most powerful ways to address inequality and become an equitable, just city.

John’s record: 

  • As a longtime community organizer, John helped to create new schools, youth programs, and community centers in Roxbury and Dorchester. 

  • John was the first person of Cape Verdean descent to serve on the Boston School Committee.

  • John has decades of experience engaging youth in community efforts, and creating the types of resources and programming that keeps young people engaged all year round, and empowers them to follow their dreams and make a positive impact on their communities.

  • As Chief of Economic Development for the City of Boston, John led efforts to create more career pathways for Boston’s youth including industry internships and increase job training for local residents.

  • He worked with Boston’s top employers to bring more resources and mentorship into Boston Public Schools, including a partnership with Vertex, which continues to provide students in BPS with hand-on training in STEM technology. 

  • John recognizes that improving Boston Public Schools is essential to lifting our young people up, strengthening our neighborhoods, and creating a stronger and more equitable city.

As Mayor, John will: 

  • Build on the record investments Boston has made in public education over the last seven years, with a major emphasis on closing the opportunity gaps for students from low-income families, students of color, English Language Learners, and students with disabilities who require special education. 

  • John will also increase in- and out- of school support for students experiencing homelessness and trauma in their lives; and create more identity-affirming school communities for students who identify as LGBTQIA+ and students of color. 

  • Develop a more seamless birth- to- career education pathway that supports young people through every stage of development, and prioritizes knowledge and skills that people need to thrive in school, career, and life. 

    • Advancing to full participation in the Universal Pre-K system and building on it to offer affordable, high-quality child care across the city.

    • Supporting teachers by investing in professional development, collaborative design and planning, teacher experiential learning opportunities and externships, and opportunities for educators to lead new learning and training initiatives.

    • Investing in digital equity to ensure that all students have access to the equipment and connectivity they need to learn. 

    • Expanding the City’s successful tuition-free community college program, which currently includes six institutions across Greater Boston.

    • Dramatically increasing the number of post-secondary credits earned by students before high school graduation by expanding dual enrollment, early college, career technical ,and work-based learning opportunities.

  • Continue and expand on BuildBPS, the city’s plan to invest $1 billion in Boston’s aging school facilities over 10 years. 

  • Build on the success of Boston’s healthy school lunch programs, and integrate more local food sourcing and urban agriculture. 

  • Advance a public education and arts agenda that celebrates Boston’s cultural diversity and spotlights the contributions of people of color, women, and LGBTQIA+ persons to Boston’s and America’s histories.

  • Develop and institutionalize equity and anti-racist goals and standards across all Boston Public Schools so that our systems stop generating disparities and inequality.

  • Expand the boundaries of learning by advocating for changes to state regulations and increasing opportunities for students to earn credit toward promotion and graduation through community- and work-based learning experiences. 

  • Develop new workforce credentials that are co-designed and collaboratively financed by regional industries and explicitly tied to their diversity, equity, and inclusion goals.


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.