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Issue Position: Education

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* Lifelong supporter of public education: attended Brookline public schools, sent two children to Newton public schools, currently has two grandchildren attending Ward Elementary School in Newton

* Committed to fighting reduction in funding during tough fiscal times for the Special Education "Circuit Breaker," a state allocation that reimburses districts for spending on students with complex educational needs

* Voted for the Education Reform bill that gave Massachusetts school districts a competitive advantage in seeking federal "Race to the Top" funding for their schools and greater flexibility to experiment with alternate schedules and curricula to improve student performance. Senator Creem also authored a successful amendment protecting the authority of local cities and towns to control disposition of certain surplus school space which was at risk of falling under state control

* Co-sponsored School Sponsored Travel Safety Law to require school districts to adopt an approved policy to protect students on overnight travel trips sponsored by the school

* Named to Stand for Children's 2008 Legislative Honor Roll in recognition of leadership and efforts in support of public education

* Received numerous honors from METCO for outstanding commitment and support for keeping the door to educational opportunity open to all children

* Secured $100,000 in funding for traffic safety measures at Driscoll School in Brookline


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