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College leaders, politicians condemn Supreme Court ruling banning affirmative action in college admissions
06-29-2023 6:47 PM


The Supreme Court decision Thursday banning the use of affirmative action in college admissions drew condemnation from education leaders, politicians, and others across the Pioneer Valley and state.In statement after statement released shortly after...

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Comerford, Blais propose new trust fund for state disasters
01-10-2024 5:08 PM


BOSTON — As towns and cities see a rise in natural disasters that require greater emergency response than their local resources can support alone, two western Massachusetts lawmakers renewed their call Tuesday to divert a portion of excess capital...

Comerford’s ‘blue envelope’ bill clears Senate; would guide how police interact with people with autism
01-04-2024 4:33 PM

By Sam Drysdale

BOSTON — The Massachusetts Senate unanimously passed three bills during its first formal session of 2024 on Thursday, including the one dubbed “blue envelope” filed by Sen. Jo Comerford that would require new guidance on how police officers should...

Comerford, Domb push for ‘accountability’ on the green and healthy schools
10-16-2023 5:41 PM


Two Pioneer Valley lawmakers are seeking a more concrete plan — including the creation of a “watchdog group” — to improve the health of public school buildings and reduce their environmental impact throughout the commonwealth.Sen. Jo Comerford,...

Massachusetts Senate clears “X” gender choice for driver’s licenses
07-28-2023 5:30 PM


BOSTON — The Senate moved Thursday to give people the option to select a nonbinary “X” identification on their drivers’ licenses and birth certificates, a choice LGBTQ allies have been advocating for years.The Massachusetts Senate unanimously voted to...

Human services council, alliance for foster families separately honor Comerford with awards
05-31-2023 4:21 PM

By Mercedes Lingle

NORTHAMPTON — The state’s largest human services group and an alliance that helps foster families each selected state Sen. Jo Comerford to receive a prestigious award for her recent support.The Providers’ Council announced in mid-May that it had...

Lawmakers, architects push for multistall, gender-neutral bathroom bill for new construction, renovations statewide
04-07-2023 5:17 PM


Architects and lawmakers are advocating for a change in the state building code to allow gender-neutral bathrooms in new construction and renovations of buildings, calling it a further affirmation of a gender-inclusive and respectful...

At legislative hearing, Valley leaders say gratitude alone isn’t enough to make early education staff stay
03-15-2023 5:34 PM


AMHERST — Clare Higgins, the executive director of Community Action Pioneer Valley, was blunt when describing the current crisis in retaining and finding early education staff.“They can’t pay the rent or feed their families with gift cards and...

Officials dissect governor’s education budget in hearing at UMass 
03-14-2023 2:17 PM


AMHERST — Educational issues pertaining to schools across western Massachusetts, including transportation, rural inequities and a lack of sufficient state aid peppered the discussion of a Joint Ways and Means Committee hearing at the University of...

Report finds fewer students heading to college; pols call for more investment
02-09-2023 7:00 PM


BOSTON — The number of students choosing to attend post-secondary education in Massachusetts has dropped significantly in recent years, a trend that started nearly a decade ago and has only been exacerbated during the pandemic.“The pandemic’s impact...

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