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Ruth E. Goldman

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Ruth E. Goldman
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Board Member, Newton School Committee, Ward 6
Term ends
Elections and appointments
Last electionNovember 5, 2013
First electedNovember 5, 2013
Next generalNovember, 2015
Term limitsN/A
High schoolNewton South High School
Bachelor'sDartmouth College
Master'sUniversity of Toronto
Campaign website
Ruth E. Goldman is the Ward 6 member of the Newton School Committee. She won the general election on November 5, 2013.


Ruth Goldman resides in Newton, Massachusetts. Goldman graduated from Newton South High School before receiving her Bachelor of Arts degree from Dartmouth College and earning her M.Ed. from the University of Toronto. She has spent more than 25 years working in non-profit management, experiential education and philanthropy.[1] Goldman currently works as a consultant with a focus on promoting youth leadership in urban environments.[2]



See also: Newton Public Schools elections (2013)


Ruth Goldman ran unopposed for the vacant Ward 6 seat in the general election on November 5, 2013.


Newton Public Schools, Ward 6 General Election, 2-year term, 2013
Party Candidate Vote % Votes
     Nonpartisan Green check mark transparent.pngRuth E. Goldman 99.2% 5,542
     Nonpartisan Write-in votes 0.8% 46
Total Votes 5,588
Source: Newton, Massachusetts, "Official Results - November 5, 2013," accessed December 18, 2013


Ruth Goldman reported $1,840.00 in contributions and $921.05 in expenditures to the Newton Election Commission, which left her campaign with $918.95 on hand.[3]


Ruth Goldman did not receive any official endorsements for her campaign.

Campaign themes

Goldman's campaign website listed the following campaign themes for 2013:[4]

Meeting the educational needs of all students is always #1. Every student deserves an evironment that allows him/her to thrive. I will support flexible and adaptive strategies that allow teachers and specialists to provide a breadth of curriculum that sparks the curiosity, intellectual developmen, and academic achievement of every child.

Protect class size as enrollment grows. Manageable groupings of students is closely linked to high quality learning. Ensuring that classrooms are not crowded, despite larger school size, is essential as Newton attracts more young families to our high quality education system. This may mean short-term solutions like modulars and planning for larger school buildings into the future.

Provide improved, equitable classroom technology. While technology is only as good as the people using it, innovative programs and devices utilized by well-trained staff can be essential tools for today’s classroom. Currently, there are inequities in the Newton system for a variety of reasons. I will advocate that appropriate technology resources are available for all students and supported by good teacher training.

Complete school building projects on time and on budget. Newton residents passed a tax override earlier this year to remedy a long-standing deficit in capital infrastructure for the schools. It is essential that we ensure this money is used wisely and well.

Note: The above quote is from the candidate's website, which may include some typographical or spelling errors.

What was at stake?

There were eight seats on the school board up for election on November 5, 2013. Five incumbents ran unopposed for re-election, including Angela Pitter-Wright, Diana Fisher Gomberg, Steven Siegel, Matt Hills and Margie Ross Decter. Fellow incumbents Geoff Epstein, Jonathan Yeo and Chairperson Claire Sokoloff did not file for re-election. Newcomers Ellen P. Gibson and Ruth E. Goldman ran unopposed for Epstein and Sokoloff's seats, respectively. The only contested race was in Ward 2 for Yeo's seat, for which Margaret L. Albright defeated Andrea R. Steenstrup.[5]

About the district

See also: Newton Public Schools, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts
Newton Public Schools is located in Middlesex County, Massachusetts. The county seats of Middlesex County are Lowell and Cambridge. According to the 2010 US Census, Middlesex County is home to 1,537,215 residents.[6]


Middlesex County outperformed the rest of Massachusetts in terms of its poverty rate, median rates of average household income and higher education achievement in 2011. The poverty rate in Middlesex County was 7.7% compared to 10.7% for the entire state. The median household income in Middlesex County was $79,691 compared to $65,981 for the state of Massachusetts. The US Census also found that 49.8% of Middlesex County residents aged 25 years and older attained a Bachelor's degree compared to 38.7% in Massachusetts.[6]

Racial Demographics, 2012[6]
Race Middlesex County (%) Massachusetts (%)
White 82.3 83.7
Black or African American 5.3 7.9
American Indian and Alaska Native 0.3 0.5
Asian 10.1 5.8
Native Hawaiian and Other Pacific Islander 0.1 0.1
Two or More Races 2.0 2.0
Hispanic or Latino 7.0 10.1

Party Affiliation, 2012[7]
Party Registered Voters  % of Total
Democratic 342,112 36.90
Republican 96,970 10.46
Green-Rainbow 1,134 0.12
Unaffiliated 483,119 52.11
Other 3,854 0.42

Note: The United States Census Bureau considers "Hispanic or Latino" to be a place of origin, not a race. Therefore, the Census allows citizens to report both their race and that they are from a "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin simultaneously. As a result, the percentages in each column of the racial demographics table will exceed 100 percent. Each column will add up to 100 percent after removing the "Hispanic or Latino" place of origin percentages, although rounding by the Census Bureau may make the total one or two tenths off from being exactly 100 percent.[8] This Ballotpedia page provides a more detailed explanation of how the Census Bureau handles race and ethnicity in its surveys.

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