Education

 

I’ve been a public school teacher and I will never forget the struggles—and victories—I saw my students, parents, and fellow teachers go through every day. I know first-hand the importance of providing our schools with the support they need to give every child the chance for success. Our public schools are ground zero for our country’s promise of equal opportunity, and they are the driving engine of Massachusetts’ economy.

 

As your State Senator, I have fought hard to defend education aid from budget cuts, and to make the much-needed case for expansion. I co-chaired the bi-partisan commission that, in 2015, found that Massachusetts is under-estimating the cost of quality K-12 education by $1-2 billion annually. Since then, I’ve filed legislation to implement the recommendations of that commission and bring our statewide education finance system into the 21st Century—and shepherded the bill to successful passage in the Senate twice. I’ve also been willing to take tough votes, on all sides of the education spectrum—to put the needs of kids and families, low-income kids in particular, before the interests of adults—and I’ll never shy away from that responsibility.

I will continue to work ceaselessly to ensure that our schools have the resources and tools they need to complete this job: skilled teachers, universal access to early education, well-rounded curricula, excellent school leadership, and active community and parental involvement. I will also work to give parents the support they need to be active participants in their children’s education.

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State House News Service

Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, a Jamaica Plain Democrat, said Baker's proposed increase in aid to local school districts -- known as Chapter 70 aid -- in next year's budget is "just plain inadequate for the job."

Education Chair: Baker school aid "just plain inadequate"

By Katie Lannan | Jan 24, 2018

Jamaica Plain News

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz fought hard for the bill to pass, particularly because she knows bilingualism is an essential skill for career growth, college readiness and to enable students to be competitive in the global economy.

Chang-Díaz ‘Thrilled’ by Governor’s Signing of Bilingual English Instruction Bill

By David Ertischek | Dec 11, 2017

Mission Hill Gazette

“This bill is a huge step forward for English language instruction in our Commonwealth,” said local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, co-chair of the LOOK bill conference committee and Senate Chair of the Joint Committee on Education, according to the press release.

State Legislature passes LOOK bill

By Peter Shanley | Dec 01, 2017

The Berkshire Eagle

A bill filed by state Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz would implement the recommendations of the Foundation Commission, and on Wednesday, the Pittsfield School Committee adopted a resolution supporting implementation of those recommendations.

Our Opinion: Funding formula is shortchanging state's schools

Apr 28, 2017

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