Introducing Friends of the Institute

As a tribute to Senator Kennedy's 47-year career, gifts of $47 and up recognize you as a Friend of the Institute.

Public Programs

Getting to the Point on Education Reform in the Commonwealth

Free with Advance Registration​

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Monday, June 24, 2019, 6:30 PM

State and local leaders will discuss the challenges posed by the current state education funding formula and proposals for reform that meet the needs of students and families throughout Massachusetts.

Moderated by Steve Brown, State House Reporter/Anchor for WBUR, the discussion will feature:

Colin Jones, Senior Policy Analyst, Mass Budget & Policy Center, @MassBudget

State Senator Jason Lewis, 5th Middlesex, Chair, Joint Committee on Education, @SenJasonLewis

State Representative Alice Peisch, 14th Norfolk, Chair, Joint Committee on Education, @RepAlicePeisch

James Peyser, Secretary of Education, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, @MassEducation

Dr. Lorna Rivera, Director, Gaston Institute for Latino Community Development & Public Policy, Associate Professor of Women’s & Gender Studies at the University of Massachusetts Boston, and Member, Boston Public Schools Committee @GastonInstitute

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The Edward M. Kennedy Institute for the United States Senate is dedicated to educating the public about the important role of the Senate in our government, encouraging participatory democracy, invigorating civil discourse, and inspiring the next generation of citizens and leaders to engage in the civic life of their communities.


Registration opens no earlier than 5:30 PM. Registration and doors close 15 minutes after the start of the program. Some seats have obstructed views. If needed, an overflow room will provide guests with a live stream of the program.


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Directions are on the Institute’s website. Parking is available in the Kennedy Institute lot.

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