For Immediate Release - March 15, 2007


Administration Enlists Diverse Group of Experts to Focus on Next Phase of Education Reform



REVERE - Thursday, March 15, 2007 - Joined by the Commonwealth's top education leaders, parents and teachers, Governor Deval Patrick today announced the formation of two education task forces that will help the Patrick-Murray Administration refine its vision and long-term strategy for providing students with a top quality education.

"To initiate the next phase of education reform and excellence in Massachusetts, so that we assure consistent excellence in every school and so we begin to focus on educating the whole child, I am proud to announce today the formation of the Governor's K-12 and Higher Education Task Forces," Governor Patrick said. "Each task force is made up of some of the Commonwealth's most thoughtful individuals on public education on all levels-parents, teachers, administrators, professionals, and experts with years of experience. I look forward to the conversations we will have as my education advisor and I work to craft our education plan."

The members of each task force will provide counsel to the Governor and to Special Advisor on Education Dana Mohler-Faria on education strategies, policies, and programs that will help move education reform to the next level. They will also help devise a governing strategy to implement the administration's education plan.

"The most important thing we can do to ensure lasting economic and social success is to provide our children with a world class education," Governor Patrick said. "It's time for us to take the long journey we have been on in education reform to its next level to continue moving Massachusetts forward."

After reading The Very Busy Spider to a group of kindergarten students at the McKinley School in Revere, Governor Patrick spoke about his plans to provide full-day kindergarten to an additional 12,000 to 15,000 students next year. His budget, released last month, includes a 46-percent increase in funding for up to 800 new full-day classes.

The budget includes a record $3.7 billion for Chapter 70 education spending, a $200 million increase over last year. It also includes additional funding for extended learning time. The Governor will unveil his education plan in the coming months.



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