Baker Signs First Major School Funding Overhaul Since 1993

Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz on the Student Opportunities Act, which is the first major overhaul of school funding in more than 25 years.

By Max Larkin | Nov 28, 2019


Baker Signs $1.5 Billion Education Bill
State house News Service

Baker signed the bill alongside legislative leaders at Jamaica Plain's English High School, within Sen. Chang-Diaz's district.

By Chris Lisinski | Nov 27, 2019


Op-Ed: School funding bill will change the game for disadvantaged students
The Boston Globe

Fulfilling the promise of public education as the great equalizer is our next big goal. Bay Staters believe in it. It’s a goal our constitution anchors us to. Now, that collective effort in advocating, crafting policy, and working together has given us a chance to deliver on it.

By Sonia Chang-Díaz | Sep 30, 2019


Mass. Legislature sends Baker sweeping criminal justice bill
The Boston Globe

“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.

By Joshua Miller | Apr 04, 2018


Education Chair: Baker school aid "just plain inadequate"
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."

By Katie Lannan | Jan 24, 2018


Read: State Sen. Chang-Diaz’s Impassioned Speech for Criminal Justice Reform at MLK Day Breakfast
Jamaica Plain News

At the annual Martin Luther King Jr. Day breakfast held in Boston, state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz passionately called for the passing of a bill that would provide criminal justice reform.

By David Ertischek | Jan 15, 2018


Black and Latino legislators reflect and prepare for new year
Bay State Banner

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.

By Karen Morales | Jan 05, 2018


Community comes together after fatal shooting
Mission Hill Gazette

“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.”

By Emily Resnevic | Jan 05, 2018


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

By David Ertischek | Dec 11, 2017


State Legislature passes LOOK bill
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.

By Peter Shanley | Dec 01, 2017


Senate to revisit single payer plan that narrowly failed in 2012
State House News

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.

By Katie Lannan | Nov 08, 2017


Sen. Chang-Díaz discusses criminal justice reform
WGBH Greater Boston

Sen. Chang-Díaz tells Jim Braude why repealing mandatory minimums is critical to MA cj reform

Nov 01, 2017

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Criminal Justice Reform at the State House

Sen. Chang-Díaz discusses the Senate's comprehensive criminal justice reform bill with Karen Holmes Ward.

Oct 23, 2017

News, Video/Media

Massachusetts Gov. Charlie Baker: We stand by the Jewish community after Holocaust Memorial vandalism

State Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz, D-Boston, said the hatred that is on display "is a concern that exists everywhere in America, and we're not immune to it in Boston, unfortunately."

By Shira Schoenberg | Aug 17, 2017


State funds to help launch Dot, Mattapan housing projects
Dorchester Reporter

For Sen. Chang-Diaz, the juxtaposition of the racial violence in Charlottesville and the announcement of funding to house the Bay State’s vulnerable populations struck a chord.

By Rowan Walrath | Aug 16, 2017


What's the punishment for theft? Depends on what state you're in
The Marshall Project

Sonia Chang-Diaz, a Democratic Massachusetts state senator who helped author a bill that would raise the state’s $250 threshold to $1,500, said property crimes were “most heavily driven by addiction.”

By Marella Gayla | Aug 11, 2017


TD Garden Has Agreed to Pay $1.65 Million After Teens’ Discovery
Boston Magazine

“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.

By Spencer Buell | Aug 03, 2017


Mass. legislators wrestle with bills tackling immigration law prosecution
State House News Service

Jamaica Plain Sen. Sonia Chang-Diaz questioned Hodgson about his compliance with civil statutes.

By Andy Metzger | Jun 09, 2017


Our Opinion: Funding formula is shortchanging state's schools
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.

Apr 28, 2017


After Last Year's Cuts Hit Boston Schools, Relief Comes In Walsh's Latest Budget

Taken together, the increases would bring the district's total spending to nearly $1.1 billion.

By Max Larkin | Feb 01, 2017







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