A new bond bill supported by Burlington’s representatives in the state house to improve technology infrastructure includes $175,000 for Burlington Public Schools.

According to a joint release from State Sen. Cindy Friedman and State Rep. Ken Gordon, the Massachusetts Legislature recently passed a bill authorizing up to $1.8 billion in spending for the improvement of information technology equipment and other capital projects in Massachusetts, including an authorization to support technology infrastructure upgrades at Burlington Public Schools.

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BOSTON (8/11/2020) – The Massachusetts Legislature recently passed legislation to fight childhood hunger and boost participation rates in school breakfast programs in schools with high percentages of students from low-income families in the Commonwealth. The bill, An Act regarding breakfast after the bell, would require all public K‑12 schools with 60 percent or more students eligible for free or reduced-price meals under the federal National School Lunch Program to offer breakfast after the instructional day begins. The bill was signed into law shortly after.

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Representative Ken Gordon (D – Bedford) and his colleagues in the House of Representatives concluded a busy last week of traditional formal session by passing three major bills aimed at bolstering the economy, addressing the healthcare challenge brought on by COVID-19, and combatting climate change.

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I voted in favor of this bill because I heard the voices of our Black and Latino friends and neighbors, the Native and Asian members of our community, who described their fear each time they are confronted by police.  Maybe the officer does not intend to put them in fear.  Maybe the approach is reasonable, but the fear is real and it is understandable.  These residents, young and old, explain how they are approached by police while driving more often than the rest of us.  They explain how in many towns and cities they receive looks of suspicion for simply being there.  Like my parents told me and I told my son, they tell their children to respect the police.  But they also tell their children to fear the police.  And they give their children “the talk” about keeping their hands in plain view, and not asking questions.

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(7/9/2020) – Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) joined his House colleagues to pass a bill that strengthens the laws that ensure the safety and well-being of the Commonwealth’s youngest and most at-risk residents. The legislation strengthens the Department of Children and Families (DCF) policies and operations, develops a tool to retain and recruit foster families, holds DCF accountable for timely, accurate and relevant reports, and clarifies communication by the Child Advocate to the Legislature and state officeholders. I was crafted to address the needs of vulnerable children and families that have been amplified by the COVID-19 public health crisis and further illuminated through the lens of racial equity.

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