Political Notes: Chang-Díaz receives education award

Local state Sen. Sonia Chang-Díaz received an education award from the National Association of Education Service Agencies last month, according to a press release.

Chang-Díaz and her Education Committee co-chair, state Rep. Alice Peisch, were picked for their working in reforming the state’s system of education collaboratives. Education collaboratives allows school districts to share resources to achieve goals, such as professional development for teachers.

“The new collaboratives law will ensure that financial abuses in collaboratives never go unchecked again, while also allowing the good work of collaboratives to continue,” said Chang-Díaz, according to the press release.

Chang-Díaz won another education award earlier this year when she was named the Legislator of the Year by the Massachusetts Association of School Committees.

Arroyo, LaMattina help veterans

City Councilor Felix Arroyo, a Jamaica Plain resident, teamed up with fellow City Councilor Salvatore LaMattina to hold a hearing and resource fair for Boston veterans last month, according to a press release.

The two events were held to help ensure veterans have the necessary tools to reintegrate into civilian life and that they returned to a safe and healthy environment.

“Our veterans have served our country and it is our responsibility to serve them when they come back home,” said Arroyo, according to the press release.  “Our veterans should come back to housing, health care and employment opportunities.”

About 20 different veteran organizations, including the Boston Veterans Services, Veterans Affairs Boston Healthcare System, Helmets to Hard Hats and the New England Center for Homeless Vets, attended the hearing and resource fair.

Sánchez hosts Hispanic legislator meeting

Local state Rep. Jeffrey Sánchez hosted members of the Board of Hispanic Caucus Chairs (BHCC) in Boston last weekend for the organization’s 7th annual conference, according to a press release.

BHCC is an organization that consists of elected chairs of Latino caucuses in each state legislature.

“I am thrilled to be able to host my national colleagues in Boston,” said Sánchez, who is the conference committee chairman. “This is a great opportunity for other Hispanic chairmen and chairwomen to learn about our city, our state, our innovative healthcare system and our economy.”

The conference included workshops on public health, economic development and public safety.

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