Efficiently addressing equity issues: Lynette Martyn

Letters to the Editor

Originally Published March 19, 2020 in the Arlington Advocate

I am writing to voice my support of candidate Lynette Martyn, who is running for School Committee in Arlington this spring.

As a mother of two young children in our town’s public school system, Lynette is someone with an insider’s perspective of how the schools are functioning for our children. Additionally, Lynette has years of experience calling attention to and efficiently addressing equity issues on the structural level in Arlington, most notably including in our public school system. Lynette was the main founder of the Diversity and Inclusion Groups (DIGs) — groups of parents and caretakers concerned with such issues occurring in all of our respective elementary and middle schools. She is also serving her fourth year on the superintendent’s Diversity Advisory Committee.

Considering the high racial disparity rates in suspensions at our schools, and our low ranking in special education, it is apparent that Arlington is currently failing many of its underprivileged students. The centerpiece of Lynette Martyn’s platform is to ensure our public school system works for and benefits all of our students — including students of color, English language learners, students with disabilities, special education students, and students from low-income families. It is only when we bring all of these students into our full consideration, and create an atmosphere where they not only succeed but can thrive — that our schools fulfill their mission and purpose. But in order to achieve this, we will need a strong advocate who prioritizes equity and compassion on the committee. Lynette is one such advocate. I hope others who are concerned about these issues agree and will vote for her come election day.

— Edith Wun, Marathon Street