Massachusetts is known for having superb public and private educational institutions, producing some of the most well-educated students in the country. The Commonwealth must continue to invest in our public education system and close the achievement gap that persists in our student population. I have long championed the METCO program, which remains one of our most effective tools in improving student achievement in lower-income communities. While we have some of the top students and teachers here in Massachusetts, we must find new and better ways to educate our youth to succeed and thrive in a rapidly changing economy. I have filed bills to help towns cover rising special education costs, and provide tuition assistance to public school teachers to help attract the best and brightest into our schools.