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As someone who believes in a multi-faceted approach to education, Michael is a strong advocate for all public schools, charter schools, pre-schools, law schools, community colleges and public higher education institutions. Michael understands how critically important education is to the SouthCoast’s long-term development strategy, and he is always working to ensure that the communities he represents receive their fair share of education funding. Michael knows that for our students to succeed in the global economy, we must provide them with excellent educational opportunities.

Despite yearly fiscal challenges, Michael was part of recent efforts in 2014 to secure the largest appropriation ever for Chapter 70 funding and provide certainty and predictability to municipalities as they move ahead in crafting and developing their local school budgets.

o  Chapter 70 program will receive $4.4 billion in FY15, which is a $100 million increase over the FY14 appropriation.

     As a supporter of expanding educational access and opportunity, Michael has strongly advocated for increased funding for the Expanded Learning Time Initiative aimed at investing in lower-income, high-need school districts, which has helped to close the achievement gap at the Kuss Middle School, Sylvia Elementary School, and Viveiros Elementary School in Fall River.

o  As a result of these efforts, the last two fiscal years (FY13 and FY14), Fall River has received over $5,750,000 in ELT funding

     Recognizing the crucial role higher education plays in the economic, social, and cultural fabric of the region, Michael has been a staunch supporter of the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth and Bristol Community College.

As a strong proponent of ensuring our Commonwealth’s community college system is responsive to the workforce needs of the 21st century, Michael worked closely with Bristol Community College and his SouthCoast Legislative Delegation colleagues to pursue a $20 million budget appropriation to support strengthening the connections between community colleges, local businesses and regional workforce investment boards and to improve workforce training at the colleges.

As a proud alumnus of UMass Dartmouth and past President of its Alumni Association, Michael joined with his colleagues in the SouthCoast Legislative Delegation in 2010 to advance the efforts to make the UMass School of Law the Commonwealth’s first public law school. As a win-win for the SouthCoast, students across Southeastern Massachusetts and beyond are now accessing an affordable, high quality legal education, leading to greater opportunities to pursue work in the public and non-profit sectors.

In addition, Michael has helped fuel UMass Dartmouth’s growth in the region by leading efforts to establish the University’s presence in Fall River at the Advanced Technology and Manufacturing Center and the Professional and Continuing Education campus downtown.











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