Support Staff decline June 8, 2020 by Chris Duncombe & Chad Stewart Executive Summary Now more than ever, parents, families, and communities are reminded of the critical role that educators and schools play in developing young minds, caring for children’s health and safety, and allowing our economy to function and grow into the future. Despite doors being closed for the remainder of the school year, highly consequential decisions are being made by state and local leaders that will have significant and lasting impacts on students now and long after they return to the classroom.
June 1, 2020 Through the tragic events we have witnessed, and the voices of demonstrators we have heard in every corner of America, these last few weeks have brought us heartbreak and underscored the need for a new normal — one that values Black lives. In the names of Ahmaud Arbery, George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, and so many others who leave behind unfillable voids in their families and their communities, each of us has an important role to play in combating racism and standing up against injustice everywhere.
April 22, 2020 by Kathy Mendes and Laura Goren The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted that front-line, essential workers are vital for the functioning and well-being of our communities. The health care professionals working to keep people safe and healthy; the food service workers who ensure we have food on our tables; child care providers, and emergency personnel – these are just some of the workers providing essential services to keep the commonwealth running.
Preview_Governors Key Budget Policy Choices 2019-01 April 15, 2020 Governor’s proposed amendments to the enrolled budgets (HB29 & HB30) as passed in March 2020 Click image for pdf Governor Northam has proposed amendments to HB29 and HB30 that will be considered during the April 22 reconvened session and in a special session to be held later in the year. Click here for our summary of some of those proposed amendments from HB29 (pg.

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