Senator Eric P. Lesser Speaks with Longmeadow School Committee
Senator Eric P. Lesser appeared before the Longmeadow School Committee on March 14 to speak with committee members on a range of topics, from Chapter 70 school aid to recent legislation on opioid addiction prevention that was signed into law earlier this month. “As a Longmeadow native and current resident myself, I couldn’t be happier to have these important conversations about the vitality of our public schools and the health of our children,” Sen. Lesser said. “Conversations like these are important to ensuring that Longmeadow’s needs and priorities are reflected at the State House.
In response to Superintendent Marie Doyle’s question on what the Commonwealth was doing to address STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) education at the local level, Senator Lesser said he helped secure $214,000 in state funding for the Lower Pioneer Valley Educational Collaborative’s machine tech training program, which serves school districts across Western Massachusetts, including Longmeadow.
Senator Lesser also voiced his strong state support for universal full day kindergarten.
“We live in an age where if you do not have a good education you will be at a large disadvantage in this type of economy. We expect kids to know a lot more now and it’s essential that we’re preparing students for jobs in an information-based economy,” Sen. Lesser said.