Boston Mayoral Candidates Differ On School Committee Election Issue

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BOSTON (WBZ NewsRadio) — Boston's two candidates for mayor Michelle Wu and Anissa Essaibi George clashed over how to comprise the city's school committee at a town hall in Mattapan Saturday.

The two candidates agreed on plenty during their discussion at the Morning Star Baptist Church in Mattapan but they differed on how members of the school committee should be chosen.

In Boston, school committee members are appointed directly by the mayor, a practice that some want to change. Question 3 on the upcoming ballot for Boston asks if the process should be changed to make school committee positions decided through elections.

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As far as the candidate's beliefs, Essaibi George said she opposes changing to an elected school board.

"I believe in an appointed body so that I'm held responsible for the success and failures of what we do for and with our children and their families," Essaibi George said.

Wu, however, said she supports a hybrid committee, that consists of majority elected positions and some appointed positions.

"I support a majority elected committee, retaining some appointments to ensure accountability for the mayor and to also ensure that we can have representation across race, geography, and expertise," Wu said.

Boston will vote for its next mayor on Nov. 2.

WBZ's Mike Macklin reports.

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