Thursday, January 14, 2010

Chamber issues statement on "Education Reform II"

Late last night, House and Senate conferees in Massachusetts agreed to an Education Reform bill

The Chamber issued the following statement on the bill this morning:

“This bill is a major achievement for Massachusetts, and represents the next great advancement in education reform in the Commonwealth.   It will allow for more innovation, creativity, and successful new approaches to learning in our public education system – goals that the Chamber has long supported. 

By raising the cap on charter schools, offering flexibility to school districts, and creating methods for the efficient turnaround of underperforming schools, this bill provides the tools to expand the talent pipeline that will help sustain Greater Boston’s economy.   It will also help Massachusetts secure upwards of $250 million in ‘Race to the Top’ funding from the Federal government – a critical investment in education at a time of reduced state and local budgets.

The Chamber applauds the hard work and determination of Governor Patrick, Senate President Murray, Speaker DeLeo, Mayor Menino, and all the legislators who worked to secure the next step in education reform.”

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