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Excellence for All: Supporting English Language Learners in MassachusettsOctober 26, 2017

Massachusetts policy since 2002 has emphasized English immersion as the primary approach to educating English Language Learners. A balanced review of the research reveals, however, that there is generally more evidence supporting bilingual programs. The evidence also suggests that the most important factor for helping ELL students to succeed is the quality of the programs offered.

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State and Local Impact of Raising the Minimum Wage to $15 in MassachusettsSeptember 18, 2017

Phasing in an increase of the minimum wage to $15 by 2021 would boost the incomes of 29 percent of the Massachusetts workforce. This report analyzes the effect of such an increase across 52 regions in the state, finding that at least 15 percent of workers in every region of Massachusetts would see their wages rise, and in some regions more than 40 percent of wage earners would benefit.

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MA Poverty Down, Incomes Up Substantially in 2016September 14, 2017

An examination of new Census data on incomes and poverty in 2016. The Massachusetts poverty rate is nearing its pre-recession level, with only seven states presently having lower rates. This brief also examines Supplemental Poverty Measures, which show how much particular programs have reduced the poverty rate.

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To participate effectively in our democracy, people need clear and reliable information about policy choices facing the Commonwealth. MassBudget makes that information available to everyone, providing independent research and analysis of state budget and tax policies, as well as economic issues, with particular attention to the effects on low- and middle-income children and adults.

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