We have a responsibility to help every child in Massachusetts reach his or her full potential, and ensuring that an affordable, high quality education is available to every child is vitally important to safeguarding the future health and prosperity of our Commonwealth. A world-class education dramatically expands the opportunities available to young people and will help us remain a state that businesses look to because of the strength of our workforce.

"We can create an economy on our terms – one that builds a more fair and prosperous Commonwealth for everyone. The best way to do that, one that we know is proven to create opportunities for all, to level racial, gender and income inequalities, is to invest in education. To build upon our strengths in Massachusetts, close the achievement gap, and ensure that your potential is not limited by your zip code." – Martha Coakley

With this in mind, we must:

  • Ensure universal access to high quality early education, beginning with universal access for children in our Gateway Cities, because the foundation for success is laid early on.
  • Expand learning time to allow for more one-on-one instruction, enrichment programs like art and music, and professional development. And reduce the singular emphasis on teaching to the test, so that educators are empowered to help every child succeed.  
  • Improve and expand Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM) education, especially computer science, because those skills will be critical for young people hoping to enter our rapidly evolving workforce.
  • Build on Governor Patrick’s efforts to expand access to student support counselors, so that young people have a point of contact who can help connect them with available services and empower them to confront challenges like abuse, hunger, or poverty.
  • Work with local businesses and industry leaders to better align the training at vocational schools and community colleges with the workforce needs in different regions of the Commonwealth, so that young people who graduate have a clear path into the workforce.
  • Make critical post-secondary education available to more young people in Massachusetts by implementing a full-need financial aid policy for any qualified student at the Commonwealth’s network of 15 community colleges.

Help offset the high cost of college by creating incentives for families to start saving more and earlier for their children’s education, including joining more than 30 other states in offering a tax deduction for families who contribute to tax free college savings accounts.

Read more about Martha's elementary and secondary education priorities here

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