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Joint Committee on Education Hearing - Information, Testimony, Transportation

Joint Committee on Education Hearing - Information, Testimony, Transportation

When: Friday, March 22, 10:00 am
Where: Gardner Auditorium, State House

What: The Joint Committee on Education will hold its first hearing on Governor Baker’s Chapter 70 Update bill, Senator Chang Diaz’s PROMISE bill, and Representative Paul Tucker’s Chapter 70 Update bill. It will take significant community pressure to see the changes we need in the school funding formula. It will be important for the Education Committee to hear the specific ways that insufficient state funding affects your schools. Your unique experiences and anecdotes have a powerful impact. Please consider sharing your individual experience if you, your schools, and/or your towns decide to provide written testimony or testify in person. If you would like to testify in person on March 22, please contact jo.comerford@masenate.gov. The MTA has created a toolkit with draft resolutions, letters, and fact sheets. These materials can be found here, and additional background is on their Fund Our Future website.  Sen. Comerford's team can bring your written testimony to the hearing and make sure that committee members receive your remarks. Feel free to send those to our State House office (24 Beacon St., Room 70-C, Boston, MA 02133) or email them directly to jo.comerford@masenate.gov

Testifying in person: People wanting to testify in person do not need to sign up in advance, but should sign in when they arrive at Gardner Auditorium and plan to speak for 3 minutes (written testimony can be longer). You do not need to arrive right at 10:00 am to sign up to testify; you can sign up whenever you arrive but should keep in mind that the later in the hearing you sign up, the greater the risk of being asked to keep your remarks to fewer than 3 minutes.

MTA Bus from Northampton and Chicopee: If you're interested either for yourself or sharing within your networks, the MTA is running a bus to take MTA members and allies to the State House on Friday, March 22 for the Joint Committee on Education hearing. The bus will pick people up at two stops: 1) Northampton, Sheldon Field, 7:00am 2) Chicopee, Home Depot at 591 Memorial Drive, 7:30am

The bus will leave Boston to return to Western Mass by 3:00 pm. Lunch will be provided. Sign up: here Contact MTA Holyoke at (413) 535-2415 with questions.

Submitting written testimony: Senator Comerford can bring your written testimony to the hearing and make sure that committee members receive your remarks. Feel free to send written testimony to her State House office [Senator Jo Comerford, State House, 24 Beacon Street, Room 70-C, Boston, MA 02133] or email directly to jo.comerford@masenate.gov.