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At the Eliot K-8 School, which is part of the Boston Public School System, there are 320 students currently enrolled, and a wait list of more than 400 children. Schools all across Boston are crowded; providing more space for one school alleviates pressure in other schools, potentially opening up seats in a school near you.

In the last two years, students have boasted significant improvements in learning, with double digit increases in the percentage of students passing and achieving proficiency in the MCAS, across all grade levels and in nearly every subject. 

In response to increased demand in the downtown area, the Eliot added a second Pre-K class in 2008, so more families could take advantage of the rapidly improving school. Each pursuing year, additional classroom space is needed to accommodate both this 2008 Pre-K class as it moves toward Grade 8, as well as the two classes at each grade level that move up behind it. In September 2012, the double-strand of classes will reach the Third Grade, so additional space will be needed each year until these students graduate.

Currently, there is no more room to house all these students, and there is no written plan as to how the Eliot School will function under this tremendous strain.

We urge you to support our request to the City of Boston to resolve our crisis of space! Please sign in support.

We would be grateful if you could help us make a difference by forwarding this to your spouse, significant other, friends and neighbors. EVERY signature counts. With students coming from the North End, Beacon Hill, East Boston, Back Bay, Bay Village, the Leather District, Charlestown, Allston, Brighton, South End, Dorchester, the West End, and Downtown - solving this problem would truly positively impact families all over the City of Boston.

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Very Truly Yours,

Eliot School Family Council

PS: Please be sure to encourage your Spouse, Significant Other, and ALL adult members of your household sign! EVERY signature counts!

Letter to
City Council President, At-Large Stephen J. Murphy
Boston Public Schools Superintendent Dr. Carol R. Johnson
City Councilor, District 1 Salvatore LaMattina
and 12 others
City Councilor, District 2 Bill Linehan
City Councilor, District 3 Frank Baker
City Councilor, District 4 Charles C. Yancey
City Councilor, District 5 Robert Consalvo
City Councilor, District 6 Matt O'Malley
City Councilor, District 8 Michael P. Ross
City Councilor, District 9 Mark Ciommo
City Councilor, At-Large Ayanna Pressley
City Councilor, At-Large John R. Connolly
City Councilor, At-Large Felix G. Arroyo
City Councilor, District 7 Tito Jackson
City of Boston Mayor Thomas M. Menino
The Eliot School and its entire community request your support in our Expansion Campaign.

Simply put, we are bursting at the seams and we need more space. Next year, the school will welcome even more students and we already have a wait list of over 400 children. Some of our classes are spilled over into borrowed space in other buildings to help accommodate us. We are very grateful to the North Bennett Street School and the Nazzarro Center for lending us their space. This is not a permanent solution however and is one that will already be inadequate as of September 2012. Our City officials are aware of the problem. We are urging them to identify and commit to both a short term plan for September 2012 and a long-term expansion plan for the Eliot School from September 2012 and beyond.

It recently came to our attention that there has been significant action taken by the City that could impact the Eliot School. On January 11th, 2012 the City of Boston released a Request for Proposal for the largest vacant city-owned property in downtown Boston. The sale of this property, located at 150 North Street and 130 - 140 Richmond Street in the North End, could play a strong role in helping to resolve the Eliot School's space needs.

We must request that the Boston Public Schools and the City of Boston detail a long-term solution to the Eliot School’s expansion needs before the City of Boston-initiated sale of the buildings at 150 North Street and 130 - 140 Richmond Street is completed. All options must be weighed appropriately in light of the Eliot School’s capacity crisis. Every possibility needs to be contemplated by the City in creating its short-term and long-term expansion plans for our school.

Your signature on a petition filled with others of concerned community members and voters will prompt expeditious action from our City officials. Time is of the essence because the bidding process is scheduled to close on February 16, 2012! To enlist in our Campaign, simply sign your name as indicated; please include your zip code.

If you have any questions or would like to know how you can directly help our cause, please contact us at

Very truly yours,

Eliot School Family Council 16 Charter Street, Boston started this petition with a single signature, and now has 1,132 supporters. Start a petition today to change something you care about.