“It’s a huge historical turning point for our state when you set it in the context of the last several decades,” said Senator Sonia Chang-Díaz, a Jamaica Plain Democrat and longtime proponent of many of the changes in the package.
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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."
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In 2017, the Massachusetts Black and Latino Legislative Caucus prioritized and pushed forward significant pieces of legislation....This year’s legislative session will see Caucus members continue the enactment of these bills and submit new policies that will improve the lives of residents of color.
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“I take the frustration and sadness from these meetings to push legislation through. There is very little that policy workers can do in the immediate term,” Chang-Diaz said. “The things I can do is push legislation through to prevent this five years from now. But I have to bring that pain and that fire to the hearts of legislators from other districts that don’t have this happen to their children.”
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
“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.
Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz called it "foolish and stubborn" to opt against even studying single-payer. "Even though I think the evidence is that single-payer is our best bet, this amendment does not presuppose that's right," the Jamaica Plain Democrat said.
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“We view their work as a service to the entire state,” reads the letter, which was signed by City Councilors Annissa Essaibi George, Michelle Wu, Matt O’Malley, Ayanna Pressley, and Michael Flaherty, as well as state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz and state Rep. Elizabeth Malia.
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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.
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Three months after being booed off the stage for a noncommittal stance on a bill protecting transgender people's rights in public places, Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker has signed compromise legislation.
Massachusetts transgender rights bill signed into law
“We’ve been seeing increasing warning signs in recent years: accumulating school budget cuts, the fraying of the system that’s brought us so far since 1993, stagnant achievement gaps, growing social inequality,” said state Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-Jamaica Plain, Senate co-chair of the group.
The state's 22-year-old school funding formula understates the true cost of public education by more than $1 billion annually, according to a group of lawmakers and education experts who unveiled a new plan Monday.
Commission says state underfunds schools by $1 billion