Massachusetts Governor Unveils Education Overhaul Plan
Extended school days, free community college among major proposals
Gov. Deval L. Patrick of Massachusetts has spelled out what he is calling “the next era of education reform” for the Bay State, an ambitious set of goals for the coming decade that has education interest groups supporting his vision, while acknowledging the challenges of enacting the sweeping changes.
The first-term Democrat is calling on lawmakers to enact a universal pre-kindergarten program, expand the kindergarten program to full day across the state, make community college tuition-free, and extend the school day and school year. Other changes would include strengthening the high school curriculum and streamlining the teacher licensure and certification process.
His goal is to have these programs in place by 2015—even though he has yet to define a funding...
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