“While Massachusetts has one of the strongest education systems in the country, there is more work needed to be done to close the achievement gap in our public schools, increase access to early education and after-school programs, and lower the costs of higher education.”
Brendan is a graduate of Lynn Public Schools and will fight to make sure our children get the best education possible. He continues to advocate for more resources for our students, teachers, and families. He was a proud co-sponsor of Senate Bill 308, “An Act Strengthening and Investing in Our Educators, Students and Communities.” This legislation, which became the basis for the Student Opportunity Act, passed in 2019 and would provide historic funding increases for our school districts.
As a parent, Brendan has experienced the challenges that come with the costs and availability of child care and early education. He believes that our public education system needs to begin at an early age and is committed to funding universal Pre-K and other early education programs.
Brendan worked at a local after-school program throughout high school and college, later serving on their board of directors. In 2019 he was appointed to be the Senate Chair for the After-School and Out of School Time Commission. His experience working directly with youth has inspired him to be a strong supporter of expanding after-school and out of school time programs. Learning shouldn’t stop when the school bell rings. Our children need positive activities and learning experiences during their time out of the classroom. Unfortunately not every child has the opportunity to take part in these programs. Brendan is committed to find ways to improve accessibility for every family.
As someone who has struggled with student loan debt, Brendan is determined to make higher education more affordable. An entire generation of graduates have been saddled with debt, forcing them to hold off on important life experiences like buying a home, getting married or starting a family. As part of the solution, Brendan believes that we can help keep costs down by investing more in our state colleges including our community colleges.