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Mary Ann Stewart
I champion progressive causes and speak up for children, youth, and families.
I champion progressive causes and speak up for children, youth, and families.

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Across the country, opioid addiction is now taking more young lives than the HIV epidemic did at its peak. Nearly 2 million people in the United States suffer from an addiction to prescription opioids, and about 17,000 people die each year from overdosing o...

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Better representation. It's time.
Senator Ken Donnelly was good and kind. His heart and skill as a legislator were matched by his passion and dedication as a public servant on behalf of the People of the 4th Middlesex and beyond. His legacy lives forever in our hearts and in the lives he ch...

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ATM Continues: Wednesday, April 5, 2017
Back in Battin Hall for the sixth night of 2017 Annual Town Meeting. Articles, Reports, and Presentations to Date Live-blogging to begin once we're in session.

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2017 Annual Town Meeting Continues Tonight, Monday, April 3
We're in Battin Hall in the Cary Memorial Building 1605 Massachusetts Avenue, Lexington Articles, Reports, and Presentations to Date Live-blogging to commence once we are in session. - - - Appropriation Commit tee Report Capital Expenditures Committee Repor...

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Achievement gap. College debt. Broadband access. Fiscal pressure is mounting in districts all across the Commonwealth - must not lose any more time in implementing the FBRC's recommendations, but seems the Governor isn't convinced -- at least his Secretary of Education isn't convinced.

The Public may testify at the State House tomorrow (Friday, 3/31). Read on for more.

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2017 Annual Town Meeting, 7:15 PM
About to get underway. Live blogging, updting as we go.

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LegCon Update to Board Colleagues
Always a challenge - and an opportunity! - to re-cap and synthesize a national conference, especially a legislative conference as dense as NASBE's, for BESE colleagues. Here goes.  Take-aways from NASBE's 2017 Legislative Conference: Leading in a Time of Ch...

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Protect federal online privacy rules
Cross-posting the latest from the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), because it's the best round of posts on this issue, plus a CTA, HERE . Ars Technica has also been covering this well, HERE . Senator Markey was harshly critical of the GOP proposal to r...

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Hill Visits with Congresswoman Clark's + Senator Warren's Legislative Staff
At the end of NASBE's Legislative Policy Conference, Nathan and visited with legislative staff in Congresswoman Katherine Clark's and Senator Elizabeth Warren's DC offices. We were pleased to share concerns about the Perkins Career and Technical Education A...

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NASBE: General Session with Congressman Todd Rokita
NASBE President/CEO, Kris Amundson, welcomes members. NASBE New Member Representative on the Board of Directors, Byron Ernest introduces his Congressman, Todd Rokita (R-IN). Congressman Rokita is the Vice Chair of the House Budget Committee and Chair of the...
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