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Dear Neighbors,

Almost every day there's a meeting or demonstration in response to the national situation.  Yesterday I joined SEIU 32BJ in a rally to protest Pres. Trump's counterproductive actions on immigration. 

And last Saturday, 175,000 of us joined the Boston Women's March for America.  Being together is important.  Now we each answer the question, "Where do we go from here?"  Let me know your plans! 
Mon, Jan. 30: Consortium for Innovative Ed Assessment

On Monday, this Consortium will brief legislators on their work to develop methods of assessing student learning and school quality that are more than a single standardized test.  I've worked with this group of 6 districts and local unions, and hope their plans will show the way to better assessment, and a broader view of what students need.  Room 428 in the State House, 10 am. 
Tuesday: Join the Commonwealth Conversations

As we did last session, the Senate is holding 9 visits and listening sessions around the state.  Senators Joe Boncore, Will Brownsberger, Sonia Chang-Diaz and Linda Dorcena Forry, and I are hosting the first tour and conversations on Tuesday, Jan.31. 
In the morning senators from across the state will visit the Suffolk County House of Correction. 
At 1:00, we'll be in the community room at 50 Middlesex Ave in Assembly Square for a workshop on our transportation needs with MassMoves.  You can join us by signing up here, and read about the plans for these workshops here.
At 6 pm, at Suffolk Law School (at Park St station) we'll have an open town hall, where anyone can bring forward issues they want the Senate to consider.  In the 2015 Commonwealth Conversations, hundreds of people shared their visions and priorities.   Please join us: details here..
If you can't come, you can take the survey or send me your thoughts.
Thurs: Book talk: Dealing with hate speech in school

Marya Levinson and Jacob Fay of the Harvard Graduate School of Education and I will discuss tough dilemmas that educators face today, in a conversation at Porter Square Books on Thursday, Feb. 2, at 7 pm.

Levinson and Fay's book, Dilemmas of Educational Ethics, uses case studies to shed light on real-life problems that teachers and parents must respond to.  (I wrote a response to the book's case study about charter schools.)

Levinson and Fay will focus on a case study titled “Walling Off or Welcoming In”: A seventh grader whose family voted for Trump is ostracized by her friends, and first graders use playtime to build a wall to “keep the Mexicans out.” A parent-teacher committee debates what to do: Should they censor students, or even report students for bullying, when they repeat ideas they hear from political leaders? How should they draw the line between freedom of speech and speech that qualifies as bullying or harassment?  You're invited to attend for what will undoubtedly be an interesting and thought-provoking conversation!
Wrongful convictions bill needs update
Among the many bills I filed last week was an update of my 2004 bill to compensate people who were wrongfully convicted and imprisoned.  Lawyer Johnson, the last man on death row in Mass., inspired me to work on that issue.  I was sad to learn that he received only $275,000 for his ten years in prison.  Others have faced long delays and resistance to their compensation.  Here's the WGBH story about the bill, and a previous story about the problems exonerees have faced.
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