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PRESS RELEASE- Downing Announces Better Government Competition: The Grand Prize: $10,000 and an Improved Education System in Massachusetts
January 17, 2008

Pittsfield- State Senator Benjamin B. Downing (D-Pittsfield) announces an exciting opportunity for those with ideas on how to improve the state’s education system.


“Everyone in Massachusetts - students, parents, taxpayers and educators - has a vested interest in promoting quality public education in Massachusetts.  This competition is a great way to provide citizens an incentive to propose real changes to the Commonwealth’s education system.   I urge anyone with a good idea to send in their entry,” said Downing, “you never know who will win, and a really viable idea can make a lasting difference.”


The Pioneer Institute, a non-profit research group, is sponsoring its 17th Better Government Competition, which this year is seeking ideas to improve the quality and performance of K-12 education in Massachusetts. Implementation of winning ideas from previous competitions, such as improvements to the Deer Island Treatment Facility in Winthrop and meaningful welfare reform recommendations adopted by the Clinton Administration have saved Massachusetts taxpayers more than $450 million.


The winner will receive a $10,000 prize presented at the BGC Awards Dinner in June 2008.  Runners up will each receive $1,000 for their proposals to improve education in Massachusetts.


For more specific information about the competition please visit and click on “Shamie Center for Better Government,” where you will find the Better Government Competition guidelines.




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