For Immediate Release - January 14, 2010

STATEMENT OF GOVERNOR PATRICK ON THE FINAL PASSAGE OF EDUCATION REFORM

BOSTON - Thursday, January 14, 2010 - The following is a statement from Governor Deval Patrick on the Legislature's passage of historic education reform legislation. The Senate and House of Representatives gave final approval to the measure this evening, sending the bill to the Governor's desk for his signature.

Statement of Governor Patrick:

"Today, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts stepped up, in a big way, to the unfinished business of education reform: closing achievement gaps. This historic reform bill passed by the Legislature represents a major step forward for the future of the Commonwealth's nearly one million public school students.

This legislation brings us substantially closer to realizing the education vision that I first presented with the Readiness Project - a vision for a transformed education system that meets the needs of every student, helps them reach high standards and fully prepares them for a successful future. I thank Senate President Murray, Speaker DeLeo and all of the members of the Legislature who all worked so hard on the bill that I filed this summer and kept their focus on making a difference in the lives of our students."

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