School & District Management State of the States

State of the States 2014: Massachusetts

By Evie Blad — February 18, 2014 1 min read

Gov. Deval Patrick (D)
Date of Speech: Jan. 28

Education is “the single best way to prepare our people for work and for life,” Massachusetts Gov. Deval Patrick said in his State of the Commonwealth address as he reaffirmed his commitment to schools.

Massachusetts leads the country in student achievement, Mr. Patrick said, but some of its students “remain stuck in achievement gaps.”

“Let’s make quality early education and all-day kindergarten available to more young children,” Mr. Patrick said. “Let’s keep lifting higher our strong public schools and keep strengthening our weaker ones. And let’s give our public colleges and universities the resources they need to freeze tuition and fees once again. Let’s keep going.” He did not outline any specific education policy initiatives or make budget recommendations, however.

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A version of this article appeared in the February 19, 2014 edition of Education Week as Massachusetts

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