For Immediate Release - February 16, 2012

LIEUTENANT GOVERNOR MURRAY VISITS QUINCY HIGH SCHOOL TO HIGHLIGHT IMPORTANCE OF GATEWAY CITIES EDUCATION AGENDA IN CLOSING ACHIEVEMENT GAPS

New strategies will build on Administration’s efforts to ensure all students are prepared for success

QUINCY – Thursday, February 16, 2012 – Lieutenant Governor Timothy Murray today visited Quincy High School to discuss the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Gateway Cities Education Agenda, a set of strategies aimed at eliminating persistent achievement gaps that disproportionately affect children living in poverty, students of color, students with disabilities and students who are English language learners. Many of these students are heavily concentrated in the Commonwealth’s 24 Gateway Cities, including Quincy and the Gateway Agenda will bring an intense focus to closing achievement gaps among students in those regions.   

Governor Deval Patrick announced $10 million in funding for the Gateway Cities Education Agenda in his Fiscal Year 2013 budget last month, furthering the Administration’s commitment to ensuring that all students, regardless of socioeconomic background, are prepared for success in the classroom and beyond.   

“As we move forward with a renewed education strategy, our Administration is increasing our focus and resources within the state’s Gateway Cities, including Quincy,” said Lieutenant Governor Murray. “In doing so, these efforts will help Massachusetts move towards our goal of closing the achievement gap among students, preparing students for the future workforce and driving regional economies across the state.”

The Governor’s Gateway Cities Education Agenda focuses on five goals: (1) getting every child to reading proficiency by the third grade; (2) providing every child with a healthy platform for education; (3) providing students, particularly English language learners, with the quality and quantity of education they need to succeed; (4) preparing all students for college and career success; and (5) seeding and incentivizing education.   

The first four goals will be represented by a pilot program the Administration will launch in several of the Commonwealth’s Gateway cities on a competitive grant basis. The fifth will be represented by a Commonwealth Innovation Fund designed to encourage innovation among educators across the state and will be open to all cities and towns in Massachusetts. 

About Quincy High School:  

Quincy High School serves approximately 1,500 students in grades nine through twelve. The school recently opened its brand new 330,000 square foot facility this past fall, providing an infusion of 21st century features needed to prepare all students with the knowledge and applied learning opportunities they require to succeed in our global economy.

The school embraces a differentiated approach to learning, where possible, offering challenging, advanced courses for college-bound students, technical certification courses, standard courses for all students and remedial courses for students who need additional help. Quincy High School also provides training for students who choose to enter the workforce after graduation. The school utilizes online course catalogues which allow students to chart multiple pathways through their high school career – whether focusing on standard academic courses or on a number of different career training courses the school offers.  

To learn more about the Patrick-Murray Administration’s Gateway Cities Education Agenda visit www.ma.gov/edu/gatewaycities.

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