Friday, July 7, 2017

Senator Ross: June 2017 State House News Update

Senator Richard J. Ross, State House Update, June 2017
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State Senator Richard J. Ross (R-Wrentham) proudly serving the Norfolk, Bristol and Middlesex District.

State House
Room 419
Boston, MA 02133

Ph: 617-722-1555
Fax: 617-722-1054

Dear Friends,

The summer is flying by. Throughout June, I have had the opportunity to testify on legislation to benefit my disabled constituents, discuss community safety for outdoor joggers and meet with many employers throughout my district.

With a temporary budget in effect for the remainder of the fiscal year, the FY2018 budget will go to committee for final deliberations. I am looking forward to seeing what the conference committee presents and what Governor Baker recommends.

Finally, I have been assigned to the committee to address legislation intended to clarify the language passed regarding the commercialization of marijuana in the commonwealth.

Please read/share my monthly newsletter for a summer legislative session overview, as well as new state house and district updates. It is a pleasure to serve you.

As always, please feel free to reach out to my office directly at 617-722-1555.


Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant
Lt. Governor Karyn Polito, Attleboro Mayor Kevin Dumas and I visited Thomas Willett Elementary School in Attleboro for the announcement of Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grants distributed to eight Attleboro Schools for FY 2017. Lt. Governor Polito announced the recipients of $847,059 in state grants that will support technology infrastructure in the Commonwealth's schools.

The Digital Connections Initiative provides tools, assistance, and funding to bridge the digital divide that exists in some schools across the Commonwealth. This program aims to strengthen and promote twenty-first century teaching and learning.

Technology has become, and will continue to be a big part of the education system in Massachusetts. Grant programs such as the Digital Connections Initiative make resources and tools for an ever-changing classroom environment accessible to schools in my district

Below is a list of Digital Connections Partnership Grants distributed to Attleboro schools for FY 2017.
School Name DCP Grant
Brennan School $10,474
Hill-Roberts School $6,137
Hyman Fine School $6,137
Thacher School $15,982
Coelho School $9,058
Willett School $10,135
Wamsutta School $10,474
Irvin Studley School $8,097
The Digital Connections Partnership Grants are administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Information Technology (MassIT).

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