Education

  • Fought for legislation that helped make Massachusetts No. 1 in student achievement.
  • Fought to secure more than $603 million dollars for 42 school construction and renovation projects in the district.
  • Successfully fought for funding to construct a state-of-the-art Math & Science Center at Bridgewater State University.
  • Fought to expand opportunities for higher education by playing a major role in the establishment of one, central Bristol Community College location in downtown Taunton, as well as in the expansion of Massasoit Community College in downtown Middleboro.
  • Successfully fought to help establish the state’s first public law school at UMass Dartmouth.
  • Fought for the passage of strong anti-bullying legislation and funding for suicide prevention programs.
  • Fought for and supports legislation that establishes a universal pre-kindergarten program.
  • Fought to secure funding for early intervention, head start and after school programs.
  • Supported legislation that authorizes spending on improved information technology equipment to help Massachusetts compete in the 21st century economy.
  • Supported fiscal 2015 budget which included $945.8 million to Unrestricted General Government Aid (UGGA) and $4.4 billion for Chapter 70, after boosting investments in these areas in the fiscal 2014 budget.
  • Supported funding that has allowed University of Massachusetts to freeze tuition and fees for two years. 
  • Supported added Regional School Transportation funding.
  • Supported legislation to address deferred maintenance at state universities and community colleges in the Commonwealth.
  • Supported funding for a grant program to vocational schools and community colleges to prepare  students for 21st century jobs.
  • Supported legislation that promotes a successful learning environment for individuals with autism or a developmental disability in the Commonwealth.
  • Supported legislation to bolster the public school district broadband access improvement grant program.
  • Supported legislation to update the state’s anti-bullying law to better protect vulnerable students across the Commonwealth.
  • Supported legislation to help students prepare for college and higher education after high school.
  • Supported the establishment of the Early Education and Out of School Time Capital Fund to give grants to nonprofit childcare organizations to make capital improvements to facilities.
  • Fought to increase the head start capacity and to allow for greater separation for animals as part of bio-security protocol of the Natural Resources Management Program at Bristol County Agricultural High School.
  • Fought to support the creation of an Eastern Regional Center for Urban Sustainability at Bristol County Agricultural High School.
  • Fought for the creation of a UMASS Cranberry Research Station in East Wareham
  • Fought to keep Bristol Law Library in Taunton open.
  • Fought for the creation of an energy efficiency and clean energy bond program to help retrofit schools in Massachusetts to cut back on energy costs.
  • Fought to promote the safety of schoolchildren on school buses.
  • Fought to promote citizen service through a Commonwealth Student Corps that would connect supervised students with professionals in order to address societal needs.
  • Supported funding to improve early education and after school activities for low-income children at statewide facilities.
  • Supported added funding for special education in the Commonwealth.
  • Fought for $2 billion in needed capital improvements to public colleges and universities by supporting the passage of the Higher Education Bond Bill, which also created hundreds of jobs.
  • Fought to secure funding for early intervention, head start and after school programs.
  • Fought for the passage of historic legislation that re-organized the state’s educational system, thereby increasing efficiency and improving the quality of education throughout the Commonwealth.