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Tuesday, April 15, 2014
Stacked up against Governor Patrick’s budget proposal, the FY 15 House budget reduces funding for key Gateway City education initiatives. Governor Patrick’s budget request increased investment in line items related to the Gateway Cities Vision by nearly $40 million; in contrast, the House budget increases funding in these areas by $26 million.
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Friday, April 11, 2014
Boston-based Jobs for the Future will help the city build new pathways to college & career
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
The Gateway Cities Vision emphasizes the importance of early education and social and emotional growth in improving the learning conditions in the Gateway Cities. One way to approach this is through Parent-Child Home Programs (PCHPs), which use biweekly home visits to help develop parent-child relationships, language acquisition, and social and emotional experience. Currently there are 32 PCHPs in place across the Commonwealth, 14 of which serve Gateway Cities. Overall, PCHPs served 900 families across the Commonwealth in 2012-2013.
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Thursday, April 10, 2014
New role will focus on economic development in Gateway Cities

The Gateway Cities Innovation Institute at MassINC is excited that MassDevelopment has hired Anne Gatling Haynes as Director of Transformative Development. This appointment is sign of further momentum around House Bill 311, An Act to Promote Transformative Development in Gateway Cities, which is currently being considered by the Joint Committee on Economic Development and Emerging Technologies.
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Friday, April 4, 2014

The six winning teams from the Federal Reserve Bank of Boston’s Working Cities Challenge gathered in Fitchburg last week for a brainstorming session. Each team—from Fitchburg, Lawrence, Salem, Holyoke, Chelsea and Somerville—was awarded a grant from the Fed in January to fund their proposals to innovate government services in sectors from adult education to workforce development among youth. We got to sit in on the day-long session, which gave project leaders from each community a chance to share ideas and strategy.
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Friday, March 21, 2014
Providing high school students with early college experiences is increasingly looked upon as an effective approach for creating stronger college and career pathways, a central focal point in the Gateway Cities Vision. Most early college designs rely on dual enrollment, which allows students to take college-level courses and earn credit toward both high school and post-secondary degrees. In many states, dual enrollments are rising as efforts are made to help better prepare disadvantaged students for college (and middle class families look to reduce the cost of higher education). Massachusetts can learn from other states that have worked creatively to give more students quality dual enrollment experiences.
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Friday, March 21, 2014
Legislation would spur private investment in Gateway Cities
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Thursday, March 6, 2014
The Gateway Cities Vision for Dynamic Community-Wide Learning Systems
BEFORE THE JOINT COMMITTEE ON WAYS & MEANS FISCAL YEAR 2015 EDUCTATION BUDGET HEARING
February 25, 2014

Transcript of Remarks:

Chair Candaras, Chair Kulik, and members of the Committee, thank you for the opportunity to share testimony this morning on strategies for investing in education in FY 2015.
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Thursday, February 27, 2014
Our latest report, “Going for Growth: Promoting Immigrant Entrepreneurship in Massachusetts Gateway Cities” explores creative new models to support the development of ethnic business districts. Efforts to support immigrant entrepreneurs are gaining momentum.
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Friday, January 31, 2014

On average, Gateway City graduation rates rose by 1.1 percentage points to 75.3 percent of students in 2013. Dropout rates fell by 1 percentage point to 11.8 percent of students. Slightly more students remained still in school after four years and fewer were expelled.

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