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Investor Luncheon Drew an Impressive Crowd

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Stand for Children Massachusetts hosted an Investor Luncheon on Tuesday, April 8. More than 50 supporters attended the luncheon. Stand for Children Massachusetts’ Executive Director, Jason Williams, gave an update on where we are and what our goals are going forward for both the Boston and Springfield districts.

Members at the luncheon also heard from Boston member Lorene Wright who shared her daughter’s positive experience at the UP Academy Boston and Springfield member Karla Rivera, discussed her concerns of having a young child on the wait-list for early education.

BPS Engages the Community in the Search for A Superintendent

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Earlier this month Mayor Walsh and the Boston School Committee announced the dates they were hosting public hearings to engage the community in the search for a BPS Superintendent.Stand for Children Massachusetts asked our Boston members what characteristics they want the new Superintendent to have. We have two members delivering testimony based on member's feedback. STAND member and BPS Math teacher Rochelle Murray delivered testimony last night and East Boston Member Leader Lorena Chicas will deliver testimony tomorrow evening.

STAND Members have been very busy lately

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On Friday, March 7 members of Stand for Children Massachusetts delivered testimony to Legislators requesting further funding for early education programs to reduce the waitlist. Additionally, more than 30 members were in attendance to show their support of the bill.

STAND DELIVERS TESTIMONY IN AMHERST

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On Tuesday, February 25 members of Stand for Children Massachusetts traveled to the UMass Amherst campus to attend a budget hearing and request that legislators continue to prioritize early education and reduce the waitlist to public early education programs.

Early Education is Important

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A child’s earliest years are absolutely critical for building the foundation needed for success in school, work, and life. High-quality early childhood education equips children with the knowledge and skills they need to do well in school, obtain higher-paying jobs, rely less on social programs, and contribute more to our nation’s economy.

FY15 budget proposal from Governor Patrick strong on education

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We were thrilled that Governor Patrick’s FY15 budget proposal prioritizes investments in early and K-12 education. Last week, the Governor unveiled his $36.4B spending plan, including a $205M increase for public education funding from current levels. The proposal includes significant investments targeted towards increasing high-quality early education spots, expansion of pre-k through Chapter 70, and overall unprecedented increases to Chapter 70 local aid for school districts. Key highlights include:

Trainings, Petitions, and Advocacy lead to real change in Worcester

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Luz Montanez and Kellie LaFlash, At-Large Chapter member leaders, recently led an initiative to help children in Worcester get to school safely. Working with former Worcester Organizer Maggie Paynich, these two parents learned through Stand trainings how to effectively advocate for change to benefit their community’s schools. Together they created a petition, canvassed for signatures, and even met with City Councilor Philip Palmieri and Chief Academic Officer Dr.

Taking a Stand in Elected Office

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Membership has its perks. This November’s election, two focal members of Stand’s At-Large (statewide) Chapter won in Newton’s Board of Alderman and Newton’s School Committee elections!
 

Emily Norton

Emily Norton, a longtime member of Stand for Children Massachusetts, is using her knowledge and passion to ensure that her city’s children receive the quality public education they deserve as newly elected Alderman of Ward 2.

Taking a Stand in Elected Office

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Membership has its perks. This November’s election, two focal members of Stand’s At-Large (statewide) Chapter won in Newton’s Board of Alderman and Newton’s School Committee elections!
 

Emily Norton

Emily Norton, a longtime member of Stand for Children Massachusetts, is using her knowledge and passion to ensure that her city’s children receive the quality public education they deserve as newly elected Alderman of Ward 2.

Concerned individuals can actually make a difference

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While many of my friends had Veteran’s Day off this past Monday, I decided to head to the Stony Brook T Station to speak with Bostonians about our district’s new Home-Based Assignment Plan.

As Stand for Children Massachusetts Boston Organizer, I get to work with community members across neighborhoods throughout the city on issues that affect our children’s schooling.

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