Martin J. Badoian, 90, of
Sharon. Was a mathematics educator
for many years in Canton. Oct. 27.
Michael J. Frantz, 72, of Newton
Centre. Was a retired mathematics
teacher and administrator at Brookline
High School. Nov. 13.
Morrie P. Hibbard, 88, of
Quincy. Was a principal and teacher
in the Quincy Public Schools for 37
years. Nov. 2.
Edward J. Ladley, 78, of
Pittsfield. Was a teacher and boys’
varsity basketball coach at Wahconah
Regional High School in Dalton for 42
years. Oct. 31.
Cynthia J. Messier, 75, of
Fairhaven. Was a middle school
teacher at the East Fairhaven School
for more than 40 years, retiring in
2008. Nov. 4.
Sara A. Ross, 53, of Worcester.
Was an elementary school teacher
at Chandler Elementary School. She
also served as an assistant principal
at Chandler, City View, Roosevelt
and Elm Park elementary schools.
She received the Administrator of the
Year award from the Worcester Public
Schools last August. Dec. 29.
James M. Sullivan, 61, of
Holyoke. Was a teacher in the Holyoke
Public Schools for more than 30 years,
retiring in 2017. He was a former
president of the Holyoke Teachers
Association. Oct. 29.
Geraldine C. Weathers, 90,
of Shaker Heights, Ohio, formerly
of Lexington, Massachusetts. Was
employed for many years in the
Human Resources Division of the
Massachusetts Teachers Association.
She had served as the MTA’s equal
opportunity officer. Dec. 31.
Michelle Whalley, 77, of
Pittsfield. Worked as a speech
pathologist in schools in New Bedford,
Berkshire County and Bloomfield,
Connecticut, before she retired in
2004. Oct. 7.
P. Nicolas Wherity, 80, of
Brewster. Was a teacher at Stoneham
Junior High School before moving to
Cape Cod, where he taught in Dennis-Yarmouth until his retirement in 1982.
and Jewish member of this community, I do not
believe the curriculum nor the faculty of our
schools promotes anti-Semitism.”
More than 400 Newton North alumni had signed
a letter that was presented to the School Committee.
The letter said, in part, that the curriculum taught
students to “think critically and cross-reference with
independent sources.” Two recent Newton North
graduates gave compelling testimony, saying they
were conservatives in a predominantly liberal city,
“Teachers should not avoid teaching challenging
subjects or be intimidated into watering down their
curriculum,” Bedar said in his closing remarks.
“Students need to see the adults in their lives model
what it means to stand for what they believe in.”
And with that, he asked everyone who agreed
with him to stand up. All but a handful of the
participants in the packed room stood. The audience
members had been asked not to applaud, so they
waved their hands in the air to signify their support
and quietly left the room.
Outside the auditorium, Zilles was beaming. He
said that some of the testimony had brought tears to
his eyes. And he said he was gratified at how civil,
intelligent and thoughtful the teachers and their
“The district was supportive of us but didn’t
want to take an assertive approach,” he said. “But we
knew this group had to be confronted. And tonight,
we beat them.”
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