Board of Education
Melissa A. Kaplan is seeking re-election to the Board of Education as the endorsed Democratic candidate.
She is currently chair of the curriculum committee and a member of the equity committee. Melissa teaches English and Women & Gender Studies at Quinnipiac University, and is the Interim Director of the Honors Program. While serving on the BOE, Melissa tirelessly supports neurodiverse and special education services, a culturally responsive and inclusive curriculum, anti-racist pedagogy, LGBTQ+ affirmation and safe spaces in our schools. Among her most proud accomplishments are revising the dress code (which had been contributing to sexist and racist policing of students’ bodies) and ensuring health classes include explicit discussions about consent. Melissa consistently advocates for greater economic parity and to close opportunity gap in elementary schools, and has successfully fought to maintain the Family Resource Center at a Title I School to serve and support under-resourced families.