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Treasurer Deb Goldberg vows to build better schools

June 9, 2015

BOSTON (AP) — State Treasurer Deb Goldberg told a gathering of business leaders on Tuesday that she wants to build schools that better match the needs of students in a rapidly changing global economy.

As treasurer, Goldberg oversees the Massachusetts School Building Authority, created in 2004 to work with local communities to help build affordable, sustainable and energy efficient schools.

New schools should include the equipment and technology needed to match students with the changing demands of the global economy and prepare them for the job market of the future, Goldberg said.

“We believe we can better match our school buildings to provide the environments needed for the skill set necessary to grow our economic base,” Goldberg said in prepared remarks to the Greater Boston Chamber of Commerce.

The first-term Democrat also said she planned to introduce a new college savings accounts for kindergarteners beginning in the fall which she said will help encourage kids to pursue higher education or technical training.

The pilot program, she said, would be funded through “public-private partnerships.” In addition to helping provide skills for future employment, the treasurer said the savings accounts would also help build financial literacy skills.

Goldberg launched a financial literacy drive shortly after taking office in January, but acknowledged the programs yet to reach enough Massachusetts residents. A task force she assembled would make recommendations by Nov. 1 on how to expand the effort.

“To truly build a robust, statewide financial literacy program, we must do more to engage students, reach across minority groups, and help our middle class plan for retirement,” said Goldberg.

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