Mass. Senate president targets free community college

Massachusetts Senate President Karen Spilka has long called for investing in public education, and on Wednesday said the passage of a 2019 education funding reform bill often referred to as the Student Opportunity Act in her first year as president was among her “proudest accomplishments in this office.” The law committed $1.5 billion in additional funding over a seven-year period toward the state’s K-12 public schools.

During a speech delivered to her chamber after taking the gavel, Spilka pushed to ride the momentum of the Student Opportunity Act to pass a “Student Opportunity Plan,” to invest in Massachusetts’ youngest learners as well as continued learning beyond high school.

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