Congratulations to Representative Alice Hanlon Peisch (D-Wellesley), the new co-chair of the Massachusetts Legislature’s Joint Committee on Education. She served as vice-chair of the Joint Committee on Revenue last session. Prior to her election to the House in 2003, Peisch was town clerk in Wellesley. She has also served on Wellesley’s School Committee and Advisory (Finance) Committee. She has been a Wellesley Town Meeting member since 1989.
Peisch has served on the advisory board of the Wellesley Education Foundation since 2005 and was a member of the foundation’s board from 1999 to 2005. She serves on the Newton-Wellesley Hospital Board of Overseers, the League of Women Voters of Wellesley, the Wellesley Service League and on the board of Senior Living, Inc.
Peisch joins Senator Sonia Chang-Diaz (D-Boston), who earlier this month was named Senate co-chair of the education committee.
Congratulations are in order, too, for Peisch’s predecessor on the education committee, Representative Marty Walz (D-Boston), who becomes assistant vice-chair of the Ways and Means Committee. Walz and Senator Katherine Clark are lead sponsors of “An Act Relative to Third Grade Reading Proficiency,” legislation designed to address the fact that 37% of Massachusetts third graders read below grade level by focusing on children’s language development and literacy from birth to age 9.
We look forward to continuing to work with Representatives Peisch and Walz – and their colleagues – on behalf of children and families in Massachusetts.