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Massachusetts lawmakers call for moratorium on high-stakes testing of students

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com BOSTON - Massachusetts lawmakers, including state Reps. Benjamin Swan of Springfield and Aaron Vega of Holyoke, are calling for a moratorium on tying standardized testing to graduation requirements and teacher evaluations. “I support assessment, when it’s properly used,” said Rep. Swan, who joined seven other state lawmakers at a State [...]

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Holyoke Councilors, state Rep. Aaron Vega clash on how to seize overdue sewer bills

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com Updated at 2:38 p.m. Tuesday, Oct. 13, 2015to include additional details from City Council President Kevin Jourdain about why state Chapter 40N is ill-suited for the city, including that its adoption would strip bonding authority from the City Council. HOLYOKE -- The City Council approved an order calling on [...]

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Holyoke domestic violence awareness event also honors survivors: video

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com HOLYOKE -- Karen B. Cavanaugh said the domestic violence awareness event Thursday (Oct. 1) was to remember not only the killed but also the survivors. "We are celebrating those victims and survivors who were able to leave abusive relationships and live independent, violence-free lives," Cavanaugh, executive director of Womanshelter/Companeras, [...]

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Legislators recognize Hispanic Heritage Month in Boston

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com BOSTON — Local Latino state representatives were in Boston Wednesday to celebrate Hispanic Heritage Month. State Rep. Jose Tosado (D-Springfield), State Rep. Carlos Gonzalez (D-Springfield) and State Rep.Aaron Vega (D-Holyoke) joined others from across the state to sign a resolution recognizing September 15 to October 15 as Hispanic Heritage [...]

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Holyoke shelter, police, officials pledge to work to stop domestic violence

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com Updated at 6:57 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 1, 2015 to add the Womanshelter/Companeras 24-hour crisis-support line: (413) 536-1628 or toll free at (877) 536-1628. HOLYOKE -- Despite awareness events like Thursday's, police here are on a pace to make more arrests for domestic violence this year than last, Police Chief [...]

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Aaron Vega, Donald Humason invite residents to celebrate Holyoke at the State House

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com HOLYOKE -- While the State House is located in Boston, it will celebrate Holyoke for a day in September. State Rep. Aaron Vega, state Sen. Donald Humason and the Holyoke Art League will host a Holyoke Day at the State House on Thursday, Sept. 24. The day will commemorate that [...]

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Holyoke State Rep. Aaron Vega explains his opposition to lifting charter school cap

This article originally appeared on MassLive.com HOLYOKE — As the Massachusetts Senate readies to debate its version of a bill to lift a cap on charter school spending in the state's lowest-performing school districts, State Rep. Aaron Vega of Holyoke explains why he voted against a similar measure in the House. House Bill 4091, “An Act Relative [...]

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Photos from ‘An Evening At Sage Farm’

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Let’s close the earnings gap

Today we continue to address income inequality. Here in the Commonwealth, a woman's median income is on average 81% of a man's. Though the income gap has closed since 1997, there is still work to be done. I have supported the Women's Legislative Caucus and their advocacy for pay equality and will continue to be [...]

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