Press Releases

Senator Ross Announces Digital Connection Grants for Attleboro Schools

June 2, 2017

Boston – State Senator Richard Ross is pleased to announce that grant funds for the Digital Connections Partnership Schools Grant Program have been awarded to eight Attleboro schools for FY 2017. Lt. Governor Polito announced yesterday the recipients of $847,059 in state grants that will support technology infrastructure in the Commonwealth’s schools.

The Digital Connections Initiative provides tools, assistance, and funding to bridge the digital divide that exists in some schools across the Commonwealth. This program aims to strengthen and promote twenty-first century teaching and learning.

“Technology has become, and will continue to be a big part of the education system in Massachusetts,” said Senator Ross. “Grant programs such as the Digital Connections Initiative make resources and tools for an ever-changing classroom environment accessible to schools in my district.”

Below is a list of Digital Connections Partnership Grants distributed to Attleboro schools for FY 2017.

School Name

DCP Grant

   
Brennan School $10,474
Hill-Roberts School $6,137
Hyman Fine School $6,137
Thacher School $15,982
Coelho School $9,058
Willett School $10,135
Wamsutta School $10,474
Irvin Studley School $8,097

The Digital Connections Partnership Grants are administered by the Department of Elementary and Secondary Education (ESE) and the Massachusetts Department of Information Technology (MassIT).

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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Ross Co-Sponsors Bill Relative to Aaron Hernandez Conviction

May 31, 2017

Boston – State Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) is co-sponsoring legislation filed by Representative Evandro Carvalho (D-Dorchester), that would bring justice to victims such as Odin Lloyd should a criminal conviction be overturned due to a defendant’s untimely suicide.

An Act Relative to Odin Lloyd addresses current law known as “Abatement AB Initio”, meaning that upon a person’s death, if they have not exhausted their legal appeals, the case will revert to its original status as if the case had not been tried. If passed, this legislation would nullify the right of Abatement AB Initio only for those who have died by suicide.

“Though tragedy struck both families involved in the events of Hernandez’s suicide and conviction, the lack of justice served to Odin Lloyd and his family can never be reversed,” said Senator Ross. “This legislation will protect families in similar circumstances so that justice is maintained regardless of the defendant’s appeal status at the time of his/her suicide.”

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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Senator Ross Appointed to Special Committee on Addiction Prevention

May 5, 2017

Boston – State Senator Richard Ross (R-Wrentham) was appointed to the special committee on addiction prevention, treatment, and recovery options this week by minority leader Bruce Tarr (R-Gloucester). The special committee intends to review existing state laws and funding, as well as implement and enforce recently enacted substance abuse legislation.

In addition to conducting a thorough review, the committee will aim to make recommendations to further strengthen opioid abuse prevention, intervention, treatment and recovery options as well as access to such programs for all residents of Massachusetts.

Ross, who currently serves on the Joint Committee on Mental Health and Substance Abuse and previously served on two special committees pertaining to the cause, expressed the necessity of prevention and recovery:

“With the proper addiction prevention services and recovery options, nearly 1,500 lives could have been saved from unintentional opioid overdoses in 2016. Our efforts on this committee directly affect the people of the Commonwealth, and with the right resources this issue can be remedied.”

Substance abuse, with special attention to opioids, is a topic that Senator Ross has consistently prioritized. Ross has co-sponsored several pieces of legislation including bills that would create a special commission to study heroin trafficking prevention and increase substance abuse prevention and education in public schools.

“This is an epidemic that does not discriminate by race, gender, education or income. This is affecting everyone in our society, especially our youth,” said Ross.

Please contact the office of Senator Ross with any questions or concerns at (617) 722-1555 or Richard.Ross@masenate.gov.

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