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Today’s the deadline to qualify for this month’s debate, and entrepreneur Andrew Yang made it - the only non-white candidate who’ll be on stage. Plus, former Secretary Julián Castro questions the order of primary contests.

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Gov. Charlie Baker has authorized a $1.5 billion boost to public-school funding with his approval on Tuesday of the Student Opportunity Act. (Office of Charlie Baker/Flickr)

BOSTON – Teachers across the Commonwealth are giving thanks this week for Gov. Charlie Baker's signature on a major education funding bill. The Student Opportunity Act was signed into law on Tuesday, ultimately adding $1.5 billion annually to public schools. It's the first source of significa

A triple-risk model contributes to the likelihood of SIDS: the child's age (under 1), a genetic disposition, and an external threat in the sleep environment. (ErikaWittlieb/Pixabay)

BOSTON – October is Sudden Infant Death Syndrome Awareness Month, and a hospital may be on the way to early diagnosis for some infants. Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) happens when a baby can't wake up during REM sleep when facing a modest threat to his or her breathing, such as loose bed

Both the Massachusetts House and Senate jointly released a proposal to increase future education funding. (Andy Connolly/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON – The Massachusetts Senate votes on a bill Thursday that would dramatically increase long term education funding – a priority that has stalled in past legislatures. Senate Bill 2350, or the Student Opportunity Act, would phase in $1.5 billion over seven years toward K-12 educati

The phones have been ringing at the Massachusetts State House, and frustrated parents on the other end of the line have convinced their lawmakers some big changes are needed in kids' health care. (Daderot/Wikipedia)

BOSTON – The Massachusetts House votes today on sweeping legislation that aims to make it easier for young people and their families to navigate the complicated health-care system. Among its many efforts, it addresses the pediatric health workforce, behavioral health and insurance coverage for

It's been several months since legislation to boost funding for public schools has had a hearing at the State House. (Wokandapix/Pixabay)

BOSTON – Parents and teachers are usually thinking about kids getting back to school in late July — but in the Commonwealth, it's school funding that's top of mind. It's been nearly four years since a bipartisan commission found Massachusetts was underfunding schools by more than $1 bi

More than 100 legislators co-sponsored the Fair Share Amendment in the Massachusetts House and Senate this year. (Raise Up Massachusetts)

BOSTON - The Massachusetts House and Senate hold a constitutional convention today to vote on what's known as the Millionaire's Tax, or Fair Share Amendment, which would create a 4% state tax on the portion of a person's income above $1 million to support transportation and public education. If it

The Massachusetts Senate begins debating the proposed state budget for fiscal year 2020 at 10 a.m. today. (MA Legislature)

BOSTON — Education funding is at the heart of Senate budget talks scheduled for Tuesday in the Massachusetts State House. The Senate Ways and Means Committee is recommending a near $43 billion fiscal 2020 budget that would boost spending by about 3%. Part of this proposed budget is a suggest

The Fair Share Amendment, if passed, would raise about $2 billion a year for transportation and public education in Massachusetts. (David Bibo/Wikimedia Commons)

BOSTON – A public hearing today in Massachusetts will focus on a bill that would create a "millionaires tax" to fund transportation and public education. Known as the Fair Share Amendment, it would create a four percent state tax on the portion of a person's income above one million dollars.

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