Thursday, Aug. 16, 2012
Gateway City Update: Sec. of Education announces key programs to educate Gateway Cities’ youth
One of MBA President Richard P. Campbell's objectives for the
2011-12 association year was involving the Massachusetts Bar
Association as part of conversations related to the commowealth's
Gateway Cities -- those mid-sized cities whose residents are
experiencing significantly higher rates of unemployment and a
stalemate in social, economic and civic innovation. A recurring
theme at two forums hosted by the MBA on this topic was the need to
close the education gap in those communities.
This month, in a letter from Secretary of Education Paul
Reville, Campbell was informed that the FY13 state budget provides
the support necessary to implement two components of the state's
Gateway Cities Education Agenda: $3 million to support enrichment
academies for English language learners and $500,000 to establish
Writes Reville, "This funding will give educators and other
stakeholders in our Gateway Cities an important opportunity to
enhance existing efforts, implement new strategies, and strengthen
partnerships across communities. These grant programs, coupled with
ongoing initiatives of the Patrick- Murray Administration,
represent another step forward for Massachusetts."
Click here for the letter from Sec. Reville.
here for the latest report issued on Gateway Cities by MassINC,
"Building Vibrancy: Creative Placemaking Strategies for Gateway
City Growth and Renewal."