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Reps. Kennedy, Keating laud proposed funding increase for education department’s Office of Civil Rights

The Fall River Herald, Michael Gagne

From tracking sexual assaults on college campuses, to addressing the disproportionate use of suspensions to discipline minority students in public schools, and ensuring that local school districts provide adequate and legally required resources for English language learners and other students with special education needs, the purview of the U.S. Department of Education’s Office for Civil Rights is far-reaching.

President Barack Obama’s proposed $4 trillion fiscal 2016 federal budget would increase funding to the OCR line item — to $131 million from $100.3 million in the current fiscal year, a difference of $30.7 million.

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Kennedy pushes for law to monitor use of narcotic painkillers

The Attleboro Sun Chronicle, Jim Hand

U.S. Rep. Joseph Kennedy III is pushing for reauthorization of a program that monitors prescription drug use to try to prevent opiate addiction.

Kennedy, D-Brookline, told the House Energy and Commerce Committee that opiate addiction is a particular concern in his 4th Congressional District.

He said it often begins with the use of prescription drugs.

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Rep. Kennedy visits Taunton to discuss push for resources to fight opiate abuse

The Taunton Daily Gazette, Charles Winokoor

TAUNTON — After talking to employees of the nonprofit group Learn To Cope, U.S. Rep Joseph Kennedy said he would continue to push in Washington, D.C. for “reliable funding” of programs to stem the tide of drug abuse and addiction.

“The government’s not doing it, and they need to nail down this thing,” he said.

Kennedy said he came to Taunton Friday as part of a routine visit to consult with Mayor Thomas Hoye Jr. and other city officials, including Police Chief Edward Walsh and Fire Chief Timothy Bradshaw.

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Kennedy stops by MCC to soak in STEM education firsthand

The Lowell Sun, Chelsea Feinstein

Lowell’s leadership on initiatives to promote STEM education and workforce development prompted a visit from U.S. Rep. Joseph P. Kennedy III and U.S. Rep. Niki Tsongas to two local programs Friday.

During a visit to an immunology lab at Middlesex Community College’s downtown Lowell campus, Kennedy praised MCC for providing students a pipeline to higher education and critical jobs in a way that is both affordable and flexible. Training a strong workforce, he said, is a backbone of the Massachusetts economy.

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