Governor Baker Breaks Ground at Parcel 1B in Boston
Former Central Artery parcel will create 239 units of affordable and workforce housing
Governor Charlie Baker joined Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Undersecretary of Housing and Community Development Chrystal Kornegay, and officials from the real estate development firm Related Beal to break ground on Parcel 1B, a mixed-use development in downtown Boston that will have all its 239 housing units priced at affordable and middle-income rents. The development, located on a former Central Artery parcel, exemplifies the Baker-Polito Administration’s ongoing commitment to the production of quality, affordable housing.
“The construction of affordable housing is a key driver of economic development, both in Boston and throughout the Commonwealth,” said Governor Baker. “This development, which showcases the power of mixed-income housing to transform vacant state-owned land, demonstrates our administration’s ongoing commitment to building stronger communities across the Commonwealth.”
“Our administration is committed to partnering with communities to address their housing needs,” said Lieutenant Governor Karyn Polito. “Related Beal’s innovative mix of affordable and workforce housing at Parcel 1B will open a fast-growing part of Boston to residents of all income levels and I commend them and our partners at the City of Boston for making this exciting development a reality.”
"I congratulate Related Beal for reaching this significant milestone and thank them for their commitment to bringing 100% affordable and workforce housing to downtown Boston," said Mayor Walsh. "Not only is this project a great achievement for the company, but it is a win for the people of Boston, with 239 units of affordable housing being added to the North Station area. This project serves as a great example of the types of transit-oriented, affordable housing opportunities we are looking to unlock for all of our families across the city."
“The work of improving housing access in Massachusetts happens at the local level,” said Undersecretary Kornegay. “By building local capacity and creating credible housing production incentives, our administration is empowering municipalities to deliver community-driven housing opportunities.”;
Kimberly Sherman Stamler, Chief Operating Officer of Related Beal said, “We are thrilled to celebrate this exciting milestone. Related Beal’s vision for workforce housing and a vibrant new hotel amenity in the heart of downtown Boston at Parcel 1B could only have been realized through the significant creative and collaborative effort with the City of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Related has a long-term commitment to affordable housing and we are proud to see the project take this step forward, enabling even more families and our City’s diverse workforce to live in downtown Boston.”;
The 239 residential units at Parcel 1B will be income-restricted for individuals, couples and families with qualifying incomes. Additionally, 10 percent of the residential units will be three-bedroom units, providing much-needed affordable family housing in downtown Boston.
Funding for the project included tax-exempt bond financing from Mass Development, federal and state low income housing credits administered through DHCD, resources from the Affordable Housing Trust Fund, a local property tax stabilization agreement, and affordable housing funds from the City of Boston. The funding from the Commonwealth reflects the ongoing work of the Baker-Polito Administration to make significant investments in affordable housing. Last fall, the administration committed affordable housing funds to projects like Parcel 1B that will create and preserve 1,119 units of affordable housing, in every region of Massachusetts.
Governor Baker Statement on White House Opioid Abuse Proposal
Governor Charlie Baker released the following statement supporting $1.1 billion in new funding from the President's FY17 budget that will address prescription opioid abuse and the heroin use epidemic that is plaguing the Commonwealth and nation:
Governor Baker Nominates Michele Ouimet-Rooke to Springfield District Court
Governor Charlie Baker has nominated Michele Ouimet-Rooke, an attorney with over 17 years of experience in Western Massachusetts courts to serve as a judge in the Springfield District Court.
“Michele Ouimet-Rooke offers the court a great combination of experience in both civil and criminal legal matters drawn from her career in public service and private practice in Western Massachusetts,” said Governor Baker. “I am pleased to recommend an individual with such broad experience to the Governor’s Council for their consideration.”;
“The first two District Court openings our administration has sought to fill are in Hampden County, and we are pleased to make this second nomination to the Springfield District Court,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “If confirmed we know that Ms. Ouimet-Rooke will serve her hometown with distinction.”
Applicants for judicial openings are reviewed by the Statewide Judicial Nominating Commission and recommended to the Governor. All judicial nominations are subject to the advice and consent of the Governor’s Council.
There are 62 District Courts throughout the Commonwealth hearing a range of criminal, civil, housing, juvenile, mental health and other case types, including all felonies punishable by a sentence up to five years, misdemeanors and violations of city and town ordinances and by-laws. Springfield is located in the Region 6, which includes courts in Chicopee, Eastern Hampshire, Greenfield, Holyoke, Northern Berkshire, Northampton, Orange, Palmer, Southern Berkshire, and Westfield.
For more information about the District Court, visit http://www.mass.gov/courts/court-info/trial-court/dc/.
About Michele Ouimet-Rooke: Michele Ouimet-Rooke, a native and resident of Springfield, MA, joined the practice of Doherty, Wallace, Pillsbury and Murphy in 2002 as an Associate representing plaintiffs and defendants in a variety of litigations, including employment and discrimination law, premise and product liability, insurance defense, landlord/tenant issues, criminal defense and business litigation, becoming a partner in 2012. Ouimet-Rooke began her career in the Hampden County District Attorney’s Office as a Victim/Witness Advocate for eight years before becoming an Assistant District Attorney and Chief Prosecutor. She obtained a Bachelor of Science and Master in Education from Springfield College and Juris Doctor from Western New England College School of Law in 1999.
Governor Baker Signs Legislation Ending Civil Commitments at MCI-Framingham for Substance Misuse Disorder
New Law Prohibits Women from Correctional Institutions to Improve Treatment Options
Governor Charlie Baker was joined by Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders, House Speaker Robert DeLeo, Senate President Stan Rosenberg, Ways and Means Chair Senator Karen Spilka and Attorney General Maura Healey for a bill signing ceremony to prohibit the civil commitment of women facing substance misuse disorders to MCI-Framingham and provide addiction treatment services at Shattuck and Taunton State Hospitals.
“With the support of the legislature and Attorney General, our administration is proud to have delivered on a promise that took more than 30 years to fulfill,” said Governor Baker. “Now, women with substance abuse disorder who are civilly committed will not be sent to MCI Framingham and will have the opportunity to get treatment instead of jail time.”;
“Addiction is a disease and must be treated as such,” said Speaker DeLeo. “By ending the practice of sending civilly committed women to MCI-Framingham we are taking one more step to helping residents our sisters, mothers, daughters, wives recover. I’m proud of the landmark substance addiction legislation we have passed and the unprecedented funding increases for treatment, and I pledge unwavering commitment to fighting this devastating epidemic.”;
"The bill ends the practice of treating women with substance abuse issues like criminals,” said Senate President Rosenberg. “We need to treat substance abuse like the disease it is and provide access to treatment in an appropriate setting so these women have an opportunity to get on a path to recovery."
“People who are hooked on heroin and opioids need treatment and care,” said Attorney General Healey. “This new law will end the practice of sending women struggling with addiction to prison without access to the treatment services they need. As we continue to battle this epidemic, it’s critical we get people real help that will give them a fighting chance at a better life.”;
This reform, which was recommended as part of the Governor’s Opioid Working Group, will end the practice of sending women committed for treatment for a substance use disorder under section 35 of chapter 123 of the General Laws to MCI-Framingham. For the past 25 years, individuals committed under section 35 have been sent to this correctional institution instead of a detox centerpreventing the proper treatment options for women. In the future, if the only appropriate setting for a civilly committed woman is a secure facility, women can only be committed to an approved facility by the Department of Public Health or the Department of Mental Health.
In the past year, the Baker-Polito Administration has added 28 beds at Shattuck and 15 beds at Taunton State Hospital, with an additional 30 beds at Taunton in the summer of 2016. In addition, 58 treatment beds at Departments of Mental Health and Public Health facilities are under development with the first beds coming on line in January 2016. Last July, Governor Baker allotted $5.8 million in a supplemental budget to move women civilly committed for substance abuse problems to a hospital, such as Shattuck or Taunton State Hospitals.
Today’s bill signing serves as the latest effort across state government to crack down on the opioid epidemic plaguing the Commonwealth and claiming four lives a day. Earlier this month, the House passed a substance abuse treatment and prevention bill that is now pending in the Senate, and Governor Charlie Baker was recently joined by Attorney General Maura Healey, Representative John Fernandes and a representative from the Massachusetts Chiefs of Police to sign a fentanyl trafficking bill into law, authored by Attorney General Healey, to increase the penalty for the possession and distribution of fentanyl to 20 years for distributing more than 10 grams.
Separately, numerous recommendations from the Governor’s opioid working group have already been enacted to begin eradicating this public health crisis. The administration has budgeted more than $114 million in spending for substance misuse prevention, education and treatment, increased bulk purchasing of Narcan in municipalities and changed reporting requirements for the Prescription Monitoring Program from 7 days to 24 hours. One hundred and thirteen treatment beds have opened in six communities (Quincy, Plymouth, New Bedford, Boston, Westborough, Fall River) with more expected in Greenfield this winter.
Baker-Polito Administration To Invest $5 Million Targeting Chronically High Unemployment
Governor’s Chronic Unemployment Task Force Releases Recommendations to Address Economic Disparity
Governor Charlie Baker and Secretary of Labor and Workforce Development Ronald L. Walker, II, joined members of the Governor’s Task Force on Persons Facing Chronically Higher Rates of Unemployment to announce new initiatives addressing higher rates of unemployment faced by some populations, and a $5 million investment in the Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget proposal to build a Massachusetts-based public workforce system that will enhance the existing federally-funded system. The state funds will provide grants to community-based organizations and others that partner with businesses to develop job training and employment opportunities for populations that face higher unemployment rates.
“Since taking office, our administration has focused on reaching individuals and families across the Commonwealth who have felt they have not been able to take advantage of or experience our state’s many economic strengths,” said Governor Baker. “By building the capacity of community-based organizations and others who already have the expertise and experience working with individuals who face higher unemployment rates, we can to enable more people to find and keep jobs and support their families.
Last March, Governor Baker signed an Executive Order creating a task force to explore reasons for higher unemployment rates among certain groups, and find ways to improve economic opportunities. While the state’s unemployment rate is lower than the national average at 4.7 percent in December African-Americans, Hispanics/Latinos, Persons with Disabilities, Native Americans, and recently-returned veterans, continue to experience higher unemployment rates, ranging from 7 to 12 percent.
“There are still too many individuals for whom employment opportunities are infrequent or currently unattainable even in strong economic times for our Commonwealth,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “With these recommendations, we are going to empower those most involved within their communities and reach even more people in a meaningful way.”
Governor Baker’s FY ’17 budget will include:
1. $2 million to create a new Economic Opportunity Fund, investing in community-based organizations who partner with businesses to offer job training and hiring opportunities for people who face employment barriers. The grants will allow organizations to provide a deeper level of engagement to help residents find a job.
2. $2 million to the Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund, marking the first time funding would be available in two consecutive years. The Workforce Competitiveness Trust Fund is targeted toward unemployed or underemployed individuals who need job training or education to make the transition to employment.
3. $1 million to expand statewide re-entry and job training programming for former criminal offenders re-entering society.
Labor and Workforce Development Secretary Walker chaired the Task Force that advised the Governor, consisting of administration officials, business leaders, educators, community-based organization representatives, and economic experts, who traveled around the state to listen to residents who face continued unemployment.
“Whatever their barriers, we realize certain people need a hands-on touch when it comes to job seeking and more attention than the federally-funded career centers are able to give them,” Secretary Walker said. “One of the recommendations from the Task Force is to build a Massachusetts-based public workforce system by leveraging community-based organizations, which can meet the specific needs of the target populations.”
The Task Force also recommends:
· Improving the public workforce system through continued implementation of the federal Workforce Investment Opportunity Act of 2014. Through WIOA, the Executive Office of Labor and Workforce Development is refocusing the state’s 32 One-Stop Career Centers with a “Demand-driven 2.0” strategy that requires career center officials to build relationships with employers in their regions to help clients find job opportunities.
· Extending the Disability Employment Initiative (DEI) through March 2017, which links people with disabilities to job training.
· Using the Career Centers to reengage long-term unemployed out of work for more than a year.
Baker-Polito Administration Proposes Increased Local Aid, Historic Education Funding
Municipalities to benefit from 100% of revenue growth, new Community Compact technology investments
Speaking at the Massachusetts Municipal Association’s (MMA) Annual Meeting the day following his State of the Commonwealth address, Governor Charlie Baker announced unrestricted local aid will increase by 100% of tax revenue growth in the Baker-Polito Administration’s Fiscal Year (FY) 2017 budget proposal, amounting to over $42 million. Governor Baker also announced that next week’s budget proposal will include a $72.1 million increase for Chapter 70 local education funding and a $2 million competitive Community Compact Information Technology (IT) capital grant program to drive innovation and efficiency through local technology improvements.
“Lt. Governor Polito and I are proud to follow through on our commitment to ensure that the Commonwealth’s cities and towns are benefitting from the grassroots economic growth driven by our communities,” said Governor Baker. “These investments are key to continue building stronger, safer communities for our families and ensuring schools across the Commonwealth are able to prepare our children for success.”;
Since Governor Baker announced the Community Compact Cabinet at last year’s MMA meeting, Lt. Governor Karyn Polito has served as a champion for the administration’s municipal partnerships, entering into 114 Community Compacts that represent over 380 community-crafted, mutual best practices aimed at improving local fiscal policies, sustainable energy practices and advancing economic development and affordable housing.
“Over the last year, we have built a strong partnership with our cities and towns serving our mutual constituents on the front lines every day,” said Lt. Governor Polito. “Our collaboration, this increased assistance and the active engagement municipalities have taken to identify and implement best practices through the Community Compact program, will ensure state and local government are working closer than ever to better serve the people of Massachusetts.”;
Compact communities also have access to incentives through various state grants and programming, beginning with last year’s round of MassWorks Infrastructure Program applications, and including the $2 million Community Compact IT Grant Program announced today. This competitive grant program funded through the FY 2016 capital budget will make grants of up to $400,000 available to Compact communities to invest in the implementation of innovative IT projects, including technology infrastructure and software or equipment purchases. More information on the program and how Compact Communities can apply will be available at www.mass.gov/ccc.
“We faced a lot of difficult budget decisions over the past year that municipal officials can relate to,” said Kristen Lepore, Secretary of the Executive Office for Administration and Finance. “While the Commonwealth tightened our belts, just like cities and towns do on a regular basis, our commitment to increasing local aid remained a top priority of the Baker-Polito Administration.”;
In his first budget proposal for FY 2016, Governor Baker honored a commitment to increase unrestricted local aid by 75% of revenue growth in his first year and this year’s 4.3% increase honors a further commitment to increase local aid by 100% of projected revenue growth. In January, Secretary of Administration and Finance Kristen Lepore and the chairs of the Senate and House Ways and Means Committees announced a consensus projected revenue growth of 4.3%.
In December, the Baker-Polito Administration also filed municipal modernization legislation aimed at improving critical components of the partnership between state and municipal governments by eliminating or updating obsolete laws, promoting local independence, streamlining state oversight and providing municipalities with greater flexibility.
Baker-Polito Administration Awards $6.8 Million for Prevention of Prescription Drug Misuse Among Youth in 16 High Need Communities
Governor Charlie Baker and the Massachusetts Department of Public Health (DPH) today awarded $6.8 million in grants to support Strategic Prevention Framework Partnership for Success 2015 (SPF-PFS) programs for prescription drug misuse prevention activities in 16 Massachusetts communities significantly impacted by opioid overdoses and overdose deaths.
“This support for communities in need is an important resource for fighting opioid misuse and preventing further tragedy,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “I look forward to our ongoing work with the legislature to pursue the tools necessary to curbing this public health crisis.”;
“This award is positive news for Massachusetts parents who are raising families in communities where the scourge of opioid addiction has taken its greatest toll,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “These families deserve our full attention as we strive to end opioid misuse across the state.”
The Baker-Polito Administration has implemented numerous reforms aimed at curbing the Commonwealth’s opioid epidemic, including $114 million in this year’s budget for substance abuse prevention, bulk purchasing of Narcan by municipalities and the announcement of a new, vastly improved Prescription Monitoring Program Online System. Most recently, Governor Baker filed landmark legislation to provide medical personnel with the power to intervene with patients suffering from addiction, control the spread of addictive prescription opioids and increase education about substance use disorder (SUD) for providers and in the community. Over one hundred treatment beds have opened in communities across the Commonwealth, with more expected this winter. A full update on the Governor’s Opioid Working Group’s progress can be found at: www.mass.gov/statewithoutstigma.
Funding for the SPF-PFS program is provided by the federal Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). The goal of the program is to implement evidence-based prevention programs, policies, and practices to reduce prescription drug misuse among persons aged 12 to 25 years old in high-need communities. The grant will provide $1.36 million in annual funding for a total of 5 years to partner programs in Boston, Brockton, Cambridge, Everett, Fall River, Lowell, Lynn, Malden, Medford, New Bedford, Quincy, Revere, Springfield, Taunton, Weymouth, and Worcester. Each community will receive $85,000 per year.
“This grant is an opportunity to provide invaluable resources to the grassroots efforts of our partners fighting this epidemic on the ground,” said Secretary of Health and Human Services Marylou Sudders. “Working together, we can implement proven strategies to address opioid misuse in ways that make sense for the specific needs of each community.”;
As part of the grant program, the DPH Bureau of Substance Abuse Services (BSAS) will work with funded communities to develop a prevention and evaluation plan that meets SPF-PFS requirements; build the implementation and evaluation capacity within these agencies; and select and deploy strategies and interventions that best address prescription drug misuse among young people within each specific community.
“In the world of public health, one thing we know for sure is that prevention works,” said DPH Commissioner Monica Bharel, MD, MPH. “We are delighted to be able to provide these communities with the tools and assistance they need to make a difference for the young people that they serve.”
Massachusetts Launches Comprehensive Digital Health Initiative
Industry, Healthcare & State and Local Government Partner to Enhance Economic Development, Patient Care in Growing Health Industry
Governor Charlie Baker, Boston Mayor Martin J. Walsh, Speaker Robert A. DeLeo and executives from the Massachusetts Competitive Partnership (MACP) joined leaders from across state government, healthcare, and the technology sector at Boston Children’s Hospital to announce a comprehensive public-private partnership designed to accelerate the competitiveness of the Commonwealth’s digital healthcare industry.
“Our administration is committed to making Massachusetts a national leader in digital health by partnering with private industry, convening key stakeholders and addressing market gaps,” said Governor Baker. “This emerging industry cluster has the potential to become a powerful driver of job creation across the Commonwealth, while also unlocking new advances in improving patient care and lowering health care costs.”
Digital health, or eHealth, is a rapidly growing sector at the intersection of healthcare and information technology, and according to a report by Goldman Sachs represents an approximately $32B market opportunity over the next decade. The sector spans a variety of technologies including electronic health records, consumer wearable devices, care systems, payment management, Big Data analytics and telemedicine among others, and has close connections to the state’s technology and life sciences sectors. Massachusetts is well-positioned for success in digital health as host to world-class healthcare and academic institutions, strong startup culture, significant venture capital investment, a dominant life sciences sector and roughly 250 existing digital health companies.
The initiative will bring public, private, academic, and healthcare leaders together to build a stronger and more connected statewide digital health ecosystem. To support digital health startups, the City of Boston, Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI), and MACP announced the establishment of a digital health innovation hub. The initiative will provide space, programming and a strong industry network for digital health startups and will serve as a Boston “hub” for the industry. Programming through the hub will be managed and operated by MassChallenge.
"Strong public-private partnerships are what make our City, and our region, more competitive in the global economy," said Mayor Walsh. "We know that the digital healthcare industry is Boston's future, and I thank our state and private sector partners for their support. By working together, we can maintain Boston's leadership in health care and the life sciences, and create an environment where the digital healthcare industry can thrive and we can better serve our patients and their families."
MACP also announced several private industry-led initiatives this morning that will help accelerate growth in the digital health sector, including innovative approaches to provide private funds for digital healthcare companies that are starting up, located in, or planning to re-locate to, Massachusetts. MACP also facilitated the development of standardized software, technology and sponsored research agreements and user guides to make it easier for entrepreneurs, venture capitalists and the private sector to do business with our world-class academic institutions, including the University of Massachusetts system, Harvard University, the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Northeastern University and Partners HealthCare. MACP will also host a second year of its Mentorship Speaker Series, with a focus on digital health, connecting high-level, experienced industry leaders across the state with entrepreneurs of emerging companies to discuss how to start and grow a successful tech business in Massachusetts.
“The innovation economy comprised of the life sciences and digital technology sectors is the future growth engine of our Commonwealth,” said Dr. Jeffrey Leiden, who led the Digital Health Initiative on behalf of MACP. “It has been a privilege for me to lead this outstanding group of public and private sector partners toward our shared goal of accelerating the growth of the digital healthcare industry in Massachusetts. With the strengths of our universities, academic medical centers, and life sciences companies, Massachusetts is uniquely positioned to succeed in digital healthcare and I’m thrilled to be part of the team that will make it happen.”
“Massachusetts residents and organizations are known worldwide for their brain power and industrious spirit,” said House Speaker Robert A. DeLeo. “These traits uniquely position the Commonwealth to become global leaders in the digital healthcare sector. I am proud that the House’s past two economic development bills have supported eHealth programs because I believe this industry presents rich opportunities for Massachusetts. I look forward to collaborating with the Baker and Walsh Administrations, and local companies, to ensure that eHealth is an economic driver for Massachusetts.”
Governor Baker and Secretary Ash have designated the Massachusetts eHealth Institute at MassTech (MeHI) as the state’s implementing agency. Established in 2008 by the Legislature as a division of the Massachusetts Technology Collaborative, an economic development agency, MeHI works to promote and accelerate the use of digital healthcare, such as electronic health records and health information exchange. Governor Baker announced today that he will file legislation to expand MeHI’s efforts to include digital healthcare cluster development activities.
Led by a Strategy Committee composed of leaders across industry, academia, healthcare, and government, MeHI will work on cluster development activities designed to promote and support the sector. MeHI will co-invest in the establishment of a digital healthcare hub in Boston, lead development of a market access program designed to help digital health innovations get to market faster by building strategic connections between entrepreneurs and the healthcare system, and partner with state agencies to better capture the “big data” opportunity in healthcare.
“The Baker-Polito Administration is creating jobs in all the Commonwealth’s regions by harnessing emerging technologies to strengthen our diverse innovation economy,” said Housing and Economic Development Secretary Jay Ash. “This new statewide public-private partnership in digital health builds on a base of existing investments in an array of sectors, from biotech to cloud computing and flexible hybrid electronics. I look forward to continuing to collaborate with industry stakeholders and academic researchers to harness Massachusetts’ national leadership in research and development, and unlock new economic opportunities.”
Digital health is an emerging industry cluster identified by the Commonwealth’s economic development plan signed by Governor Baker on December 23rd. The digital health market is emerging rapidly, and has potential to create multiple positive effects on the state’s economic bottom line by creating jobs, attracting investment, and developing solutions, which improve healthcare delivery and ultimately can help contain healthcare costs.
“Data and technology are powerful tools in our goal to improve health care outcomes, to integrate behavioral health and physical health care and to deliver on the promise of health care transparency,” said Executive Office of Health and Human Services Secretary Marylou Sudders.
Baker Administration Reacts to State’s Lead Ranking for Overall Quality from National Education Newspaper
Education Week’s Annual Quality Counts Report Also Names Commonwealth First in K-12 Achievement and first in the publication's Chance for Success Index
A national education newspaper, Education Week, released the 20th edition of its annual Quality Counts report listing Massachusetts as first in the nation in overall quality, with top honors in K-12 achievement and on the publication's Chance for Success Index, which considers outcomes from early childhood through adulthood. In addition, Quality Counts highlights the state’s school turnaround initiatives in the article entitled, "In School Turnaround Efforts, Massachusetts Enlists Districts."
“Our administration is thrilled that Massachusetts continues to be recognized as a national leader in the quality of education that we offer our students,” said Governor Charlie Baker. “We thank all the students, administrators, teachers, families, and communities who have helped to make this a reality and are pleased with the state’s improvements over last year’s top rankings.”
“Building off of last year’s high rankings, Governor Baker and I are pleased to see our students continue to excel in the classroom,” said Lt. Governor Karyn Polito. “Our administration strives to deliver a quality education to every student, regardless of zip code, and looks forward to future successes in the Commonwealth.”
“We are proud that we have received the highest overall score in this report for the second year in a row, and specifically topped the Chance for Success Index for the 9th consecutive year, as well as the K-12 Achievement Index every year since it was introduced,” said Education Secretary Jim Peyser. “While we celebrate this tremendous success, we strive to make even larger gains in the next few years by ensuring that every child gets the quality education that they deserve.”
“Massachusetts has proven once again that it is truly the nation’s leader when it comes to educating our students,” said Higher Education Commissioner Carlos Santiago. “We continue to benefit from being the state with the highest percentage of adults with a post-secondary degree. The students, faculty, and staff across the higher education system of the Commonwealth have a lot to be proud of as we celebrate this achievement.”
"I congratulate the Commonwealth's educators, students and families for doing the smart, hard work that has again put Massachusetts at the top of Education Week's Quality Counts rankings,” said Elementary and Secondary Education Commissioner Mitchell Chester. “I am proud to lead a strong K-12 system in which educators are dedicated to the success of all students."
“Through the dedication and hard work of our early educators, Department staff and with the support of Governor Baker and the Legislature, Massachusetts has built an early education and care system that strengthens the present and future of our Commonwealth,” said Early Education and Care Commissioner Tom Weber.
More information about the 2016 edition of Education Week’s “Quality Counts Report” can be found here: http://www.edweek.org/go/qc16.
Education Week’s press release can be found here: http://www.edweek.org/media/qualitycounts2016_release.pdf.