Jass Stewart of the Massachusetts Department of Elementary and Secondary Education talks with members of the Berkshire Compact at a June 8 meeting at the Massachusetts College of Liberal Arts.
Anyone buying a home or refinancing after 2002 is a victim of predatory lending. Even conventional mortgages cost many 10s of thousands more because of artificially hiked prices.
So while I’ve never been a member of a union, and most of my professional career has been in management, I’ve lived the power of unions to help lift a family out of poverty into the middle class.
As an elected official, my primary role is to ensure our city is strong and healthy. Every indicator of strength and health take us right back to education, from income level to safe streets.
Brockton has been built on its people, on their education, skills, vision, and the knowledge that those who work hard and play by the rules will get ahead. Let’s revive this recipe for success and use this election season as an opportunity to demand the same high standards from our public leaders.