Massachusetts Democrats believe that all Massachusetts residents should have access to high-quality educational opportunities from birth through adulthood. We believe that our public education system should successfully prepare our children for lifelong learning and give them the tools to make contributions to our communities and to the intellectual, cultural, and civic life of the Commonwealth. We believe that our teachers, and the role they play in shaping the future of the Commonwealth, are deserving of the utmost respect. Our public education system must meet students where they are and give them the quantity and quality of instruction that they need to meet high proficiency standards and to prepare them for college and career success. Massachusetts Democrats are committed to investing in public education because we know that it is the cornerstone of our society, our democracy, and our economic future.

Massachusetts Democrats Support:

  • High-quality, universal preschool and full-day kindergarten;
  • Ensuring that all students are reading proficiently by the third grade;
  • Closing achievement gaps that disproportionately affect students of color, low income students, English language learners, students with disabilities, and students in the Commonwealth’s Gateway Cities;
  • High school dropout prevention programs;
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) curriculum in our schools;
  • Professional development for public educators;
  • Differentiated learning environments, extended learning time, and more learning opportunities beyond the traditional school day and school year, including high-quality after-school and summer enrichment programs;
  • The preservation and enhancement of our school and public libraries;
  • Civics education as an integral part of public school curriculum;
  • Accessibility for students with disabilities and adequate funding;
  • Engagement between schools and families, students, and the community in order to improve students’ academic outcomes and provide them with a healthy platform for learning;
  • Innovative programs to encourage recruitment and retention of high quality teachers;
  • Public higher education sustained by state funding commitments;
  • College affordability and needs-based financial aid;
  • Multiple pathways to college and career readiness in a high skills/high knowledge economy, including our vocational-technical schools and community colleges;
  • In-state tuition for all resident students who are admitted to Massachusetts public colleges and universities;
  • Programs that support Adult Basic Education and English for speakers of other languages; and
  • A safe, supportive, and inclusive learning environment for all students and anti-bullying policies in schools that specifically enumerate protection for students who are targeted for harassment on the basis of sexual orientation and/or gender identity or expression.