Rep. Gordon and Sen. Barrett join Legislature to pass balanced budget; secure funding for Bedford’s Hanscom students

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and Senator Michael Barrett (D-Lexington) joined their colleagues in the Legislature to send to the governor the legislative version of the Fiscal Year 2020 (FY20) budget, which includes critical local aid along with Chapter 70 Education funding increases for the town of Bedford, as well as $517,000 for the education of the children of military families who live at Hanscom Air Force Base.

To read more on budget click HERE.

Burlington High School to include Innovation Pathway Program next year

Burlington High School was one of four schools in the state chosen to receive a state designation for a program designed to connect students with organizations in their field of interest and give them an opportunity to earn college credits.

Burlington, Agawam, Atlantis Charter School in Fall River and Brockton high schools will launch new Innovation Pathway programs this fall to give students skills and experience in particular local industries through college courses and internships after recently receiving official designation status from the Departments of Elementary and Secondary Education and Higher Education, the Governor Baker, and Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito announced this week.

For more on this new educational opportunity check out the article HERE.

BNEWS In Depth: Representative Gordon speaks on The ROE Act and abortion rights in Massachusetts

BNEWS Director Rich Hosford speaks to guests, including State Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedfords,) on both sides of the abortion issue about the ROE Act making its way through the Massachusetts Legislature. This act would re-affirm the rights laid out in Roe V. Wade and expand access to abortion by eliminating the need for parental consent for minors and allowing abortions after 24-weeks in certain circumstances.

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Rep. Ken Gordon advocates keep facts in science curriculum

The Bedford Citizen 

In an era when otherwise trusted science has been repeatedly questioned at the national level, Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) advocated before the Joint Committee on Education for a bill he filed that will ensure scientifically accepted standards for Massachusetts students.

He was joined by Bedford resident and longtime science writer Alan MacRobert who spoke in support of the representative’s bill H. 471, “An Act Relative to Science Curriculum Standards”, which was co-authored with Bedford science professor Abby Hafer, who is also MacRobert’s wife. 

To read more about the hearing and what Bedford residents and science advocates had to say, click HERE

Rep. Gordon congratulates Marshall Simonds Middle School students for National History Day achievements

In the wake of four middle schooler’s success during National History Day in Washington, D.C., state Rep. Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) reached out to honor these Marshal Simonds Middle School children for their hard work and educational achievements.

Three, seventh grade Marshall Simonds students, Nolan Martin, Matthew Shannon, and Emerson Waisnor and one sixth grade student Julia Shvartsman, spent five days, Sunday, June 9, through Thursday, June 13, in the nation’s capital during the 45th annual event.

To read more about their citations from Gordon and the representative’s visit click HERE.

Rep. Gordon files bill advocating for affordable childcare and early childhood education

Representative Ken Gordon (D-Bedford) and Senator Cindy F. Friedman (D-Arlington) are advocating for legislation they filed which would call for more affordable, accessible and high-quality early education and childcare for families in the Commonwealth. Their bills, H.470 and S.288, which are identical, are part of an ongoing effort to make childcare more affordable and available to all parents in the state.

In his testimony during a recent public hearing before the Joint Committee on Education, Gordon said, “The average cost of quality early childcare and education, involving licensed and trained employees, is thousands of dollars per month in Massachusetts,” said Gordon. “That leaves childcare and pre-school out of reach for many families, and it creates a barrier for parents to return to work. We have to address this problem by providing better care, at more affordable rates, so parents, especially women, can return to the workforce when they are ready.”

Read more on the hearing HERE.

Rep Gordon Visits Striking Workers at Bedford Stop and Shop

The Bedford Citizen

State Representative Ken Gordon made an impromptu visit to striking workers at the Bedford Stop and Shop on Saturday. He delivered munchkins, and spent time listening to the workers’ concerns before posting the following remarks on his Twitter feed:

With workers from Stop and Shop in Bedford. I heard from those who were asked to forego health care for their families, vacation time and other benefits, all while their employer offers stock buybacks. This is not right.

It’s the employees who draw us to the store — people like Dave in the butcher section who has been helpful to us since my wife moved to town. Those in produce who can explain the difference between coriander and parsley.

If you ignore the value of your people, you lose.

 

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Rep. Gordon, state legislators honor Tuscan Kitchen

Wicked Local

Rep. Ken Gordon, D-Bedford, and his house colleagues from the Merrimack Valley and the Boston Seaport gathered at Tuscan Kitchen to honor the restaurant and its owner, Joe Faro.

Last Thanksgiving, Faro and the Tuscan Kitchen staff joined with Columbia Gas Company to donate 20,000 turkey dinners to residents of Lawrence, Andover and North Andover who were without access to cooking gas after the Sept. 13, 2018 gas explosions.

The restaurant worked days roasting turkeys, preparing the fixings and packing the meals for pickup or at the locations where meals were served.

“The contribution that Tuscan Kitchen has made to our community is inspiring and breathtaking. When families in Lawrence, Andover and North Andover lost their ability to cook for their families on Thanksgiving, the call went out and Tuscan Kitchen stepped up” said Gordon.

Reps. Frank Moran, D-Lawrence; Christina Minicucci, D-North Andover; Tram Nguyen, D-Andover; and David Biele, D-Boston, joined Gordon at the Tuscan Kitchen Seaport location to present a resolution from the House of Representatives honoring the restaurant’s contributions. They also gifted a Commonwealth of Massachusetts flag to Tuscan Kitchen.

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Rep. Gordon, area residents gather at Islamic Center of Burlington in wake of Christchurch shooting

A week after deadly attacks on Muslim worshipers in Christchurch, New Zealand, those who came together March 22 to hold an interfaith service and vigil, to show support, caring and solidarity.

“We must stand up, and speak out against it, so that it is not normalized.”  Rep. Gordon said. “You are all part of this community, and we are all each other’s brothers and sisters.”

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